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A Cosmic Reflection⠀ A #meteor blazes across the #MilkyWay #galaxy in this colorful view from the La Silla Observatory in Chile's Atacama Desert, captured by European Southern Observatory photo ambassador Babak Tafreshi. The starry night sky and orange airglow near the horizon are reflected in the dish of the Swedish-ESO Submillimetre Telescope. #cosmos #galaxiesofinstagramhttps://buff.ly/2GPwY08

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Hoag's Object Is a Galaxy Within a Galaxy Within a Galaxy⠀ ⠀ Look closely at the serpent constellation slithering through the northern sky, and you might see a galaxy within a galaxy within a galaxy.⠀ ⠀ This cosmic turducken is known as #Hoagsobject, and it has befuddled stargazers since astronomer Arthur Hoag discovered it in 1950. #galaxy #galaxiesofinstagram #stars #cosmos⠀ ⠀ Story at livescience.com⠀ ⠀ (Image: © NASA/ESA/Hubble)

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On Dec. 4, 1965, NASA launched the crewed Gemini 7 spacecraft on a two-week-long mission in low-Earth orbit.This was the fourth crewed flight of NASA's Gemini program and the 12th crewed mission for the United States. NASA #astronauts Jim Lovell and Frank Borman were aboard the Gemini 7 spacecraft. While they were in orbit, the #Gemini7 crew met up with two more NASA astronauts, Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford, who launched in another Gemini #spacecraft 11 days into the mission. Their Gemini 6A spacecraft chased after Gemini 7 for a few and successfully performed the first-ever crewed rendezvous in orbit. #otd #otdinspace #space More: https://buff.ly/2D9RgyW

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Well would ya look at us! We made it to #thesimpsons @foxtv ! The full episode can be found online at fox.com. Spoiler alert: Marge chooses door ‘Etsy’ instead 😭

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Orion Enters the Super Guppy!⠀ NASA's #Orion #spacecraft is loaded inside the belly of the #SuperGuppy #aircraft at the Launch and Landing Facility runway at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on Nov. 21. The spacecraft, which will fly on the first #Artemis mission, was transported to NASA's Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, for testing. #space #cosmos

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Luca Parmitano 'Rides' Canadarm2⠀ European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano "stands" on the end of the International Space Station's #iss Canadarm2 robotic arm during the first of four spacewalks to repair the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer experiment together with NASA #astronaut Drew Morgan, on Nov. 15. The #spacewalking duo is at it again today; they set out this morning at 7:02 a.m. EST (1200 GMT) for the second spacewalk, which is expected to last about 6.5 hours. #spacewalk #space #cosmos

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A Vista Under the Milky Way⠀ The #MilkyWay glistens above the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA) at the Paranal Observatory in northern #Chile in this stunning night-sky view by European Southern Observatory photo ambassador Babak Tafreshi. Located on a rocky mountaintop in the Atacama Desert, VISTA is the world's largest #telescope built to survey the sky in near-infrared light. While its surroundings are barren, VISTA's altitude and surroundings are ideal for #astronomy, with almost no cloud cover or light pollution to soil the view. #cosmos #spacehttps://buff.ly/2GPwY08

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Space Station Selfie!⠀ A view of nearly the entire International Space Station reflects off the helmet visor of European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano in this "space selfie" he took while on a spacewalk last Friday (Nov. 15). He and NASA astronaut Drew Morgan spent 6 hours and 39 minutes working on the complicated repair of an ailing particle detector experiment known as the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS). The duo will embark on the second of four spacewalks on Friday, Nov. 22, when they will continue working on AMS.⠀ https://buff.ly/2GPwY08

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Apollo 12: A Happy Moon Return⠀ #Apollo12 astronauts Pete Conrad (front) Richard Gordon (left) and Alan Bean (center top in background) walk out to the Astrovan for the trip to the launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida ahead of their Nov. 14, 1969 launch. The launch of Apollo 12, 50 years ago today, kicked off NASA's second crewed moon landing mission, and the first pinpoint lunar landing. Conrad, the mission's commander, and Bean as lunar module pilot landed their Intrepid lander within a short #moonwalk of NASA's Surveyor 3 spacecraft. #otd #space #otdinspace #moonhttps://buff.ly/2GPwY08

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Starliner Aces Pad Abort Test⠀ @Boeing 's CST-100 #Starliner capsule floats back down to Earth above the White Sands Missile Range in #NewMexico following a successful pad abort test this morning. Today's mission was an uncrewed test of the spacecraft's abort system, which would bring #astronauts to safety in the event of an anomaly during launch. #space #cosmoshttps://buff.ly/2GPwY08

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On November 4, 2015, the United States Air Force #usaf planned to launch an experimental rocket for small satellites. The #launch didn't according to plan. For this mission, the Air Force was testing out the Super Strypi rocket. The rocket used a rail to help with the liftoff. #SuperStrypi left the ground, but the #rocket quickly spun out of control. When it crashed, it destroyed all of the tiny satellites riding along the rocket. The cause? Likely a problem with the first stage motor. The mission lost 13 tiny satellites known as cubesats. Cubesats are a popular option for space missions, because they are small and cheap, and they often operate in swarms. After failing to launch this batch of #cubesats, the Super Strypi program never recovered from its failure, and the Air Force never tried launching another one. #otd #otdinspace #space

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On November 3, 1957, a Soviet space dog named #Laika became the first animal to orbit Earth. Laika was a 3-year-old stray husky-spitz mix from the streets of Moscow, and she was recruited by the Soviet space program for her small size and calm temperament. Unfortunately for her, this mission was a one-way trip. The Soviets didn't design a way to bring her back down to #Earth. With only 7 days worth of oxygen and a little bit of food on board, Laika launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with a Russian Sputnik rocket. This was the same kind of rocket used to launch the first #Sputnik satellite. She was alive when she reached orbit, but she died shortly afterward because the spacecraft's heat shield had broken off. Laika overheated before she had the chance to die of starvation or oxygen deprivation. #dogs #dogsofinstagram #otd #otdinspace #space

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