This image made with the Hubble Space Telescope and released by NASA on Aug. 10, 2020, shows the star Alpha Orionis, or Betelgeuse, a red supergiant that is about 700 million light years from Earth.
An artistic depiction of the planet WASP-107b. Observations by the James Webb Space Telescope suggest this hot gas giant has clouds made of sand.
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Apollo 8 crew member Frank Borman speaks during a 2008 NASA TV program at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The former astronauts participated in a discussion on the 1968 lunar orbital mission and how the success of Apollo 8 contributed to the overall moon landing effort.
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A meteor from the Tau Herculids meteor shower passes over Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada on May 30, 2022. A meteor shower known for producing fireballs, the Southern Taurids, is expected to peak this week.
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Retired astronaut Ken Mattingly has died. He's pictured (center) with crewmates Jim Lovell (left) and Fred Haise (right) at a news conference about a mission he ended up missing, the ill-fated Apollo 13.
Tourists visiting the Bears Ears region to view scenes like this are encouraged to respect the natural and cultural sites of the indigenous tribes in the region.
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We're about to hit peak Orionid meteor shower! According to NASA, it's one of the most beautiful showers of the year. The Orionids are known for their brightness and speed — they streak through the sky at 66 km/s! And today, we learn all about them — where they come from, what makes a meteor a meteor and how to get the best view of them this weekend.
The Orionid meteor shower peaks this weekend. Enhance your view with these tips
Jonathan Quirarte, left, watched the eclipse with his girlfriend at Phil Hardberger Park in San Antonio. To protect his eyes, Quirarte wore a welder mask he purchased for a previous eclipse.
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Microbiologist Monsi Roman joined NASA in 1989 to help design the International Space Station. As the chief microbiologist for life support systems on the ISS, Roman was tasked with building air and water systems to support crews in space. That meant predicting how microbes would behave and preventing them from disrupting missions. And so, on today's show, host Aaron Scott talks to Roman about microbes in space: the risks they pose and where they might take us in the future of space travel.
The microbiologist studying the giant floating petri dish in space
The sample return capsule from NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission touched down in the desert on September 24, 2023, at the Department of Defense's Utah Test and Training Range. The sample was collected from the asteroid Bennu in October 2020 by NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.