Hurricanes, sunrise, sunset, weather up's and down's, and the happy faces of astronaut when they came back. Nasa captured many beautiful moments, let just witness some of the beauty of space through digital & normal photographs.
In just one week, on Sept. 15, 2016. The Cassini spacecraft will take a death plunge into Saturn's atmosphere. The probe is running out of fuel, and will self-destruct as a protective measure to prevent any contaminants from Earth accidentally taking up residence on one of Saturn's moons.
The sun released solar flares from an active region on its surface several times this week, once on Monday, Sept. 4, again on Wednesday, Sept. 6 — and then two more Thursday, Sept. 8. One of the flares Wednesday was the most powerful in more than a decade. The flares led to a geomagnetic storm watch, meaning auroras and disruptions to communication satellites are possible over the weekend.
NASA's New Horizons team may steer their spacecraft incredibly close to an object known as 2014 MU69 as it flies by it on Jan. 1, 2019. If this plan goes unchanged, New Horizons will be 3 times closer to the object than it was to Pluto.
Peggy Whitson, a recording-breaking NASA astronaut, touched ground safely after a 288-day mission to the International Space Station. Her crewmates Jack Fischer and Fyodor Yurchikhin returned to Earth with her aboard the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft in Kazakhstan on Saturday, Sept. 3.
A meteor shower known as the December Phoenicids was observed over the Indian Ocean in 1956, and has not been seen since. The comet that caused the meteor shower likely broke apart, according to Japanese scientists.
Jupiter experiences bright auroras at its poles, and new research with NASA's Juno probe allowed scientists to observe the charged particles that generate them. The gas giant's auroras are hundreds of times more energetic than those on Earth, and do not emanate as visible light.
The current hurricane season has been unusually active, with Hurricane Katia in the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Jose to the east of the Caribbean Sea, and Hurricane Irma wreaking havoc on several Caribbean islands as it approaches Florida. According to NOAA, the last time three hurricanes were simultaneously active was back in 2010.