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Even the @NASAHubble Space Telescope gets by with a little help from its friends. 🎶 Through the hand of science, this galactic masterpiece is the product of teamwork between our space telescope and its celestial subjects, a phenomenon known as gravitational lensing. 
When a large object — such as a massive cluster of galaxies, as seen here — distorts space with its huge gravitational field, it causes light from more distant galaxies to travel along altered and warped paths. ✨

Look at the two dominant elliptical galaxies near the center of this image. Do you see the curved streaks of light surrounding both of the large galaxies? The effect you’re seeing is the product of lensing! 
Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, M. Gladders et al; Acknowledgment: Judy Schmidt
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Just because you’re small, doesn’t mean you don’t shine bright 🌟 The supermassive black holes at the center of these two merging galaxies should be outshining all of their stars — but they are being surpassed by a single, tiny neutron star.

Bright green sources of high-energy X-ray light captured by NASA's NuSTAR mission are overlaid on an optical-light image of the Whirlpool galaxy (the spiral in the center of the image) and its companion galaxy, M51b (the bright greenish-white spot above the Whirlpool), taken by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. The bright green spots at the center of the Whirlpool and M51b are created by material surrounding supermassive black holes; additional X-ray sources in the vicinity contribute to the emission. The known ultraluminous neutron star is located on the left side of the Whirlpool.

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech, IPAC

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Meet Anne McClain - an engineer, @USArmy Soldier and one of the @NASAastronauts living and working aboard our orbiting laboratory. 
In this photo taken from 250 miles above our home planet, Anne is performing spacesuit maintenance in preparation for her first-ever spacewalk. 
She says, “Each suit is like a small spacecraft with its own power, air and water systems which work together to maintain the precise atmosphere in which humans can live, while also protecting us from the harsh conditions of space. Pretty phenomenal design!” For even more stories about women in engineering, check out our #Instagram story! 
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How's the weather? Did you have a #snowday today? 🌨

Astronauts on board the International Space Station (@ISS) captured this view of the Great Lakes region in mid-February, with clouds and frozen terrain as far as the eye could see.

Image Credit: NASA

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Our @NASAHubble Space Telescope captured the smoking gun of a newborn star! ⭐️ Stars are born in dark clouds of gas and dust. But star formation is an energetic process, and newly-formed stars can send out a brilliant display of lights called Herbig-Haro objects. These objects form as jets of hot gas spewed by the newborn star collide with the surrounding matter at high speeds.

In this image, these five objects can be seen at the top center as bright blue streaks traveling away from the star that created them at 150,000 miles per hour, towards the upper left. Since Hubble's launch and deployment in April 1990, our view of the universe and our place within it has never been the same.

Credit: @EuropeanSpaceAgency/Hubble/NASA & K. Stapelfeldt 
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Behold, as wild as the worms crossing Arrakis, the erosive Martian surface reveals snaking sand dunes across the desert.

Captured within the same wavelengths as a human eye, the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter unveils the geological layers of history written in the rocky sediment.

HiRISE can spot objects as small as Alia Atreides, which helps scientists study the surface structure of the Red Planet in a way that we couldn’t before.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

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Behold, as wild as the worms crossing Arrakis, the erosive ...

Like synapses firing in a brain, this nighttime image was captured by crew members aboard the International Space Station (@ISS). Taken 258 miles above the English Channel, we see the lights of the northern European cities clockwise from top right: London, Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Brussels and other surrounding cities.

Credit: NASA

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Even from three billion miles away, Pluto still knows how to be romantic. 
On Jul. 13, 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft sent us this love note of one of Pluto's most dominant features. The “heart,” estimated to be 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) across at its widest point, rests just above the equator. (The angle of view displays mostly the northern hemisphere.) The heart’s diameter is about the same distance as from Denver to Chicago, in America’s heartland.

New Horizons traveled nearly a decade to receive its summer valentine, launching on Jan. 19, 2006 — and is still collecting important data for us. On New Year’s Day 2019, New Horizons flew by the most distant object ever visited by a spacecraft: Ultima Thule.

Tag someone you want to pass this Pluto Valentine onto! ❤️ Credits: NASA/APL/SwRI
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It’s so hard to say goodbye! 👋

Designed to last just 90 Martian days and travel 1,100 yards, our Mars Opportunity rover explored the surface of the Red Planet and broke records during its 15-year mission. It vastly surpassed all expectations in its endurance, scientific value and longevity. In addition to exceeding its life expectancy by 60 times, the rover traveled more than 28 miles by the time it reached its most appropriate final resting spot on Mars – Perseverance Valley.

Today, we bid farewell to the rover that stopped communicating with Earth when a severe Mars-wide dust storm blanketed its location in June 2018. 
In this image from 2010, Opportunity used its navigation camera for this northward view of tracks the rover left on a drive from one energy-favorable position on a sand ripple to another. The tracks that Opportunity left on the Martian soil will pave the way for future robotic and human exploration of the Red Planet. 
Credit: NASA/@nasajpl

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It’s so hard to say goodbye! 👋 Designed to last ...

Who has the range? Astronauts, that’s who!

In this view, astronauts captured the cloud-covered Pacific coast of the South American nation of Chile in contrast with the Andes Mountain range and cloud formations extending over Argentina. 
Each day, the International Space Station (@ISS) orbits our home planet as the humans living and working aboard our orbiting labporatory conduct important science and research. Their work will not only benefit life here on Earth, but will help us venture deeper into space than ever before.

Image Credit: NASA

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Who has the range? Astronauts, that’s who! In this view, ...

Sand dunes...on Mars! 🔴 With an elongated crescent form, these

Sand dunes...on Mars! 🔴 With an elongated crescent form, these ...

The @NASAHubble Space Telescope doesn’t usually get much assistance from its celestial subjects — but to take this image, the telescope opted for teamwork and made good use of a fascinating cosmic phenomenon known as gravitational lensing.

This effect works when the gravitational influence of a massive object, such as the galaxy cluster in this image, is so colossal that it warps the surrounding space, causing nearby light to travel along distorted paths. The massive object is effectively turned into a giant magnifying glass, bending and amplifying the light traveling from more distant galaxies lying behind it.

In this particular case, astronomers used the foreground galaxy cluster to study star formation in galaxies lying so far away that their light has taken up to 11.5 billion years to reach Earth. These galaxies formed at a very early stage in the lifetime of the universe, giving astronomers a rare glimpse into the beginning of the cosmos. Despite the distance of these galaxies, the lensing effects allowed astronomers to work out the sizes, luminosities, star formation rates and stellar populations of individual star-forming clumps within these galaxies — quite an achievement!

Image credit: @EuropeanSpaceAgency/Hubble & NASA
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The @NASAHubble Space Telescope doesn’t usually get much assistance from ...