Space NASA Image of the Day

Student Experiments Take Flight on Sounding Rocket from NASA Wallops


A Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rocket carrying students experiments for the RockOn! mission successfully launched from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility Aug. 17 at 6 a.m. EDT. (More at NASA Picture of The Day)
Psyche Comes Together


In this image from July 18, 2023, a NASA team helps attach solar arrays for the agency’s Psyche spacecraft onto a stand inside the Astrotech Space Operations Facility near Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (More at NASA Picture of The Day)
Testing the First U.S. Crewed Launch Vehicle, Mercury-Redstone


A Mercury-Redstone launch vehicle awaits test-firing in the Redstone Test Stand at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama in this photo from the late 1950s. (More at NASA Picture of The Day)
Studying the Wind with Weather Balloons


Rocky Garcia and Wesley James prepare a weather balloon to collect wind data at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, on July 20, 2023. (More at NASA Picture of The Day)
Guy Bluford, the First African American in Space


In this image from Sept. 5, 1983, Guion “Guy” Bluford checks out the sample pump on the continuous flow electrophoresis system experiment in the middeck of the Earth-orbiting space shuttle Challenger. (More at NASA Picture of The Day)
Practicing for the OSIRIS-REx Sample Return


A recovery team member takes part in field rehearsals in preparation for the retrieval of the sample return capsule from NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission in this image from Aug. 29, 2023. (More at NASA Picture of The Day)
Hubble Sees Glittering Globular Cluster Embedded Inside Our Milky Way


Hubble's colorful image of the globular star cluster Terzan 12 is a spectacular example of how dust in space affects starlight coming from background objects. (More at NASA Picture of The Day)
Opening the Hatch: Crew-6 Splashdown


Support teams onboard the SpaceX recovery ship MEGAN work to open the hatch of the SpaceX Dragon Endeavour spacecraft shortly after it landed in the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 4, 2023, with NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen and Woody Hoburg, United Arab Emirates (UAE) astronaut Sultan Alneyadi, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev aboard. (More at NASA Picture of The Day)
Snowy Egret Searches the Waters


A snowy egret, identifiable by its slender black bill, black legs and yellow feet, marches through a pond near NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, looking for food in this image from March 29, 2007. (More at NASA Picture of The Day)
Frank Rubio Breaks NASA’s Single Spaceflight Record


In this image from July 24, 2023, astronaut Frank Rubio completes a session on the Surface Avatar Remote Control Terminal, which investigates how haptic controls, user interfaces, and virtual reality could command and control surface-bound robots from long distances. (More at NASA Picture of The Day)
Artemis Landing and Recovery Director Liliana Villarreal


"It's amazing when I get a chance to see the space station fly over. I am very fortunate to be able to say that my hands were on a lot of the hardware that is up there. I’m very proud to have been part of the International Space Station program.” — Liliana Villarreal, Artemis Landing and Recovery Director, Exploration Ground Systems (More at NASA Picture of The Day)