Space Image of the Day Gallery (June 2018)

Dark Storms Churn Near Jupiter's North Pole


Friday, June 15, 2018: A cyclone swirls through Jupiter's North North Temperate Belt (NNTB) in this new photo from NASA's Juno spacecraft. The NNTB is a prominent band that circles the planet near its north pole. Embedded in this red-orange band of clouds is a gray-colored anticyclonic storm that spins counter-clockwise, or the opposite direction of the movement of other gases in its surroundings. Juno captured this view during a close flyby of Jupiter on May 23, when the spacecraft was about 4,900 miles (7,900 kilometers) from the planet's cloud tops. — Hanneke Weitering

An Out-of-This-World Soccer Ball

Oleg Artemyev/Roscosmos/Twitter

Monday, June 18, 2018: The soccer ball used to kick off the FIFA World Cup in Russia on Thursday (June 14) floats weightlessly in the International Space Station's Cupola observatory in this photo by Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev. Named after the communications satellite Telstar 18, the official match ball launched to the space station with the Expedition 55/56 crew on March 21. It returned to Earth on June 3 with the landing of Expedition 54/55. — Hanneke Weitering

Earth's Sunrise Seen From Space

Alexander Gerst/ESA/Twitter

Tuesday, June 19, 2018: Sunlight gleams through Earth's atmosphere just before sunrise in this photo taken by German astronaut Alexander Gerst at the International Space Station. "I thought long about which should be my first photo from space," Gerst tweeted on Sunday (June 17). "When I saw this sunrise, I immediately knew this would be it." — Hanneke Weitering

Curiosity Rover Takes a Dust-Storm Selfie

NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill

Wednesday, June 20, 2018: NASA's Curiosity rover took this selfie on Mars during a planet-wide dust storm that forced the Opportunity rover to enter a sleep mode on June 12. To create this view, citizen scientist Kevin Gill stitched together raw images captured by Curiosity on June 15. — Hanneke Weitering

Drew Feustel Dangles Over Earth


Thursday, June 21, 2018: NASA astronaut Drew Feustel floats weightlessly above the Earth while tethered to the International Space Station during a spacewalk last Thursday (June 14). He and NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold spent 6 hours and 49 minutes working outside the orbiting laboratory to prepare for the first commercial crew vehicles that will arrive in August. — Hanneke Weitering

Philae 'Waves' at Rosetta from Comet 67P


Friday, June 22, 2018: This photo of Comet 67P, taken by the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft, reveals the location of the Philae lander that went missing for two years after a rough landing on the comet in 2014. Rosetta spotted its long-lost friend less than a month before it ended its own mission by intentionally crashing into Comet 67P. Scientists released the final batch of images from Rosetta's OSIRIS camera today, and this one shows one of Philae's legs sticking out from a dark crevice on the comet's rocky surface. — Hanneke Weitering

Cygnus and Soyuz Overlook the Earth


Monday, June 25, 2018: A fisheye view captured through a window at the International Space Station shows the Cygnus spacecraft known as the S.S. J.R. Thompson docked outside the Unity module. The cargo vessel arrived at the space station on May 24 with more than 3 tons of supplies and science gear for the crews of Expeditions 55 and 56. To the left of the Cygnus is the Russian Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft that brought three new crewmembers to the space station on June 8. — Hanneke Weitering

'Moon Over Lake Malawi'

Ricky Arnold/NASA/Twitter

Tuesday, June 26, 2018: The moon glows a faint shade of orange as it hovers over Earth's horizon in this photo by NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold. In the foreground of the photo is Lake Malawi, an African Great Lake located between the countries of Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique. "Moon over Lake #Malawi #Africa. If that isn’t the title of a song, it probably should be," Arnold tweeted from the International Space Station on June 19. — Hanneke Weitering

Epic 'Hurricane' Circles Saturn's South Pole

NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Kevin M. Gill

Wednesday, June 27, 2018: An enormous, hurricane-like vortex swirls at Saturn's south pole in this close-up view from NASA's Cassini mission. Citizen scientist Kevin Gill processed the image using near-infrared observations the spacecraft took on Oct. 2, 2008. Cassini's historic 13-year stay at Saturn ended on Sept. 15, 2017, when it purposely plunged into the ringed planet. — Hanneke Weitering

Barnard's Loop Glows Over La Silla

Yuri Beletsky/LCO/ESO

Thursday, June 28, 2018: In this star-speckled view from the La Silla Observatory in northern Chile, a red emission nebula known as Barnard's Loop appears as a half-circle around the Orion Nebula. Located in the center of Orion's sword in the constellation of Orion the Hunter, the Orion Nebula is a bright cloud of ionized gas that resembles a star when viewed without a telescope. — Hanneke Weitering

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