Space Image of the Day Gallery (November 2013)

Bouncing Off the Satellites

Rick Mastracchio ‏(via Twitter as @AstroRM)

Friday, Nov. 15, 2013: On Nov 12, 2013, NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio tweeted his first photo taken aboard the International Space Station. He wrote: "My 1st tweet of pic from ISS! Bounced off 3 satellites, thru 2 email accounts, & 2 round trips to ISS. My Soyuz" As a member of the Expedition 38 crew, he will stay aboard the station until May 2014. [See more mission photos at Photos: Space Station's Expedition 37/38 Mission in Pictures.]

— Tom Chao

Fly Away


Monday, Nov. 18, 2013: On Nov. 15, 2013, SOHO spacecraft's coronagraph captured an cloud of ionized gas and magnetic field which expanded and flew from the sun at about the 10 o’clock position. The cloud was probably caused by the same magnetic field disruption that produced an eruptive prominence seen earlier in extreme ultra-violet light on Nov. 13, 2013. The image of the sun in the center of the blacked-out circle was provided by the Solar Dynamics Observatory. [See more solar images at Solar Max: Amazing Sun Storm Photos of 2013.]

— Tom Chao


NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013: Clouds in Saturn’s atmosphere trace delicate shapes. Cassini spacecraft captured this image on Aug. 12, 2013, using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light. A portion of the rings is also visible. This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 18 degrees above the ringplane, when the spacecraft was at a distance of approximately 994,000 miles (1.6 million kilometers) from Saturn.

— Tom Chao

White Bird Must Fly

NASA/Bill Ingalls

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013: Birds flap and fly in the air while in the background an Atlas V rocket carrying NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft launches from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Florida. MAVEN represents the first spacecraft devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere.

— Tom Chao

Just Out of Thin Air

Koichi Wakata (via Twitter as @Astro_Wakata)

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013: Dr. Koichi Wakata represents the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) as a Flight Engineer on International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 38 and the Commander of Expedition 39. He will be the first Japanese astronaut to command the ISS. On Nov. 17, 2013, he tweeted this image of the moon taken aboard the ISS. He wrote: “Moon rising out of the beautiful thin earth atmosphere.” [See our gallery of Expedition 37/38 images.]

— Tom Chao

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1917-1963


Friday, Nov. 22, 2013: A color guard and Launch Operations Center Director Kurt Debus (right) welcome President John F. Kennedy to the Cape Canaveral Missile Test Annex Skid Strip on Sept. 11, 1962. The assassination of President Kennedy occurred 50 years ago today, on Nov. 22, 1963, cutting short the life of the leader whose vision set America’s feet on the path to the moon. On Nov. 29, 1963, the center was renamed the John F. Kennedy Space Center in his honor. [See Photos: John F. Kennedy's NASA Legacy.]

— Tom Chao

In a State of Flux

Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona

Monday, Nov. 25, 2013: Spiral galaxy NGC 7497 lies in the constellation Pegasus, about 60 million light-years away from Earth. The brownish haze that partially obscures the galaxy is the Integrated Flux Nebula. [See our gallery of nebulas.]

— Tom Chao

Fly! Be Free!

Rick Mastracchio ‏(via Twitter as @AstroRM)

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013: Three small CubeSats float above the Earth after

Chase the Stars

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Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013: The familiar Pleiades Cluster, which was already

Beneath Thy Shining Skies


Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013: Canada's automated aurora camera tweeted this photo

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Tom Chao has contributed to as a producer and writer since 2000. As a writer and editor, he has worked for the Voyager Company, Time Inc. New Media, HarperCollins and Worth Publishers. He has a bachelor’s degree in Cinema Production from the University of Southern California, and a master’s degree from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Tom on Google+.