Space Image of the Day Gallery (August 2017)

Falcon 9 Blasts Off

NASA/Tony Gray and Sandra Joseph

Tuesday, August 15, 2017: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket topped with the Dragon cargo spacecraft blasted off from Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida yesterday (Aug. 14). The spacecraft will deliver more than 6,400 lbs. (2,900 kg) of food, supplies and scientific hardware to the International Space Station on Wednesday (Aug. 16). — Hanneke Weitering

In the Cupola


Wednesday, August 16, 2017: NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson floats in front of the Cupola window at the International Space Station. The cupola is the largest window ever launched into space and provides a clear view of Earth and incoming cargo shipments. — Hanneke Weitering

'Dragon Sunrise'

Randy Bresnik/NASA/Twitter

Thursday, August 17, 2017: As the SpaceX Dragon cargo ship approached the International Space Station Wednesday (Aug. 16), the Canadarm2 robotic arm reached out to grapple the spacecraft. Canadarm2 then installed the Dragon at the space station's Harmony module, where the crew will unpack more than 6,400 lbs. (2,900 kilograms) of supplies, science experiments and some ice cream. — Hanneke Weitering

Partial Lunar Eclipse over Europe

ESO/P. Horálek

Friday, August 18, 2017: A photographer for the European Southern Observatory captured this view of a partial lunar eclipse as the moon rose over Munich, Germany on the evening of Aug. 7. During a partial lunar eclipse, Earth casts a shadow on the moon that appears reddish-brown. — Hanneke Weitering

Solar Eclipse Party!

NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

Monday, August 21, 2017: High school students in Madras, Oregon gathered at a Total Eclipse Star Party Sunday night, just a matter of hours before the moon will block out the sun during today's Great American Solar Eclipse. — Hanneke Weitering

Total Solar Eclipse in Madras, Oregon

Aubrey Gemignani/NASA

Tuesday, August 22, 2017: NASA photographer Aubrey Gemignani created this composite image of yesterday's total solar eclipse over Madras, Oregon. With crystal-clear skies, Madras was one of the best (and busiest) places to see the eclipse. — Hanneke Weitering

ISS Transits the Eclipse

Joel Kowsky/NASA ISS transit composite-image

Wednesday, August 23, 2017: The International Space Station passed in front of the moon and the sun as the moon eclipsed the sun during the Great American Solar Eclipse on Monday (Aug. 21). This composite image was created using seven photos of the transit. Behind the space station, some sunspots are visible on the surface of the sun. — Hanneke Weitering

Totality in the Sky

Joe Rao/

Thursday, August 24, 2017: FiOS1 weatherman and columnist Joe Rao watched the total solar eclipse from an Alaska Airlines flight on Monday (Aug. 21). While millions of Americans were watching the eclipse from down below, about 100 lucky passengers witnessed the celestial event from 40,000 feet (12,200 meters) above the Pacific Ocean, slightly west of the Oregon coast. — Hanneke Weitering

Into the Eclipse

Josh Spradling

Friday, August 25, 2017: As the moon's shadow moved over Glendo, Wyoming on Monday morning, one lucky photographer accidentally captured this photo of an airplane flying into the eclipse. He later determined that it was WestJet flight 1582 from Calgary to Dallas. Pink solar prominences are visible around the disk of the moon along with the sun's bright, wispy corona. — Hanneke Weitering

'Diamond Ring' Over Oregon

Peter S. Robbins

Monday, August 28, 2017:Photographer Peter Robbins captured this incredible view of the sun peeking out from behind the moon just as totality came to an end in Oregon on Aug. 21. Robbins photographed the eclipse from Ochoco National Forest using a Nikon D7200 camera. To capture the "diamond ring effect" with a brilliant burst of light, he used a tiny aperture setting of f32. — Hanneke Weitering

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