NASA launched a Black Brant IX sounding rocket straight toward the northern lights early Wednesday (Feb. 22). It was the first of two rockets that will study the structure of auroras using an instrument called ISINGLASS.
Launchpad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida sent the first astronauts to the moon, supported dozens of space shuttle missions, and now serves as a commercial launch site. Here are some of the most extraordinary photos from Pad 39A.
On Feb. 10-11, 2017, the Full Snow Moon passed through Earth's shadow in a penumbrual lunar eclipse while the Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusáková made its closest approach. See photos of the awesome event here.