Space Image of the Day Gallery (November 2018)

Deadly Camp Fire Blazes On

NASA Earth Observatory

Thursday, November 15, 2018: Smoke continues to billow from northern California as the deadly Camp Fire rages on. The wildfire has grown to 125,000 acres in size since it began one week ago today, and it has become the most destructive fire in California history. NASA's Terra satellite acquired this image of the fire on Wednesday (Nov. 14). — Hanneke Weitering

SpaceX Launches Es'Hail-2!


Friday, November 16, 2018: A vapor cone forms around the nose of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in this amazing photo from the Nov. 15, 2018 launch of the Es'Hail-2 communications satellite from Pad 39A of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This was the second flight for the Falcon 9 first stage. Read our full story here for more launch photos and video. — Tariq Malik

Busy Space Station Day

Alexander Gerst/Twitter

Monday, November 19, 2018: Crewmembers on the International Space Station grappled this approaching Cygnus cargo spacecraft today using the station's robotic arm. The crew also successfully docked a Russian Progress spacecraft earlier; this is the first time a space station crew has ever caught two cargo vehicles in one day, according to ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst. — Sarah Lewin

Happy Birthday, ISS!


Tuesday, November 20, 2018: The International Space Station shines in all its glory in this photograph taken Oct. 4, 2018, as the Expedition 56 crew headed back to Earth. Construction on the ISS began 20 years ago today with the launch of the first module — but the orbiting laboratory has grown plenty since then. — Meghan Bartels

Mars 2020 Landing Site Found

Tim Goudge/NASA

Wednesday, November 21, 2018: NASA has chosen the Jezero crater, seen above, as the landing site for its ambitious Mars 2020 rover mission. Read more here. ~Sarah Lewin

Suiting Up!

NASA/Victor Zelentso

Thursday, November 22, 2018: Launching to space is serious business, but that doesn’t mean astronauts can’t have a little fun now and then. In this image, snapped Nov. 20, NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques pose with the suits they will wear during their launch to the International Space Station on Dec. 3. — Meghan Bartels

An Epic Rift

NASA/Brooke Medley

Friday, November 23, 2018: NASA's Operation IceBridge recorded the first images of the giant iceberg B-46, three times the size of Manhattan, that broke off of Antarctica's Pine Island glacier in late October. Here is a close-up it snapped of the rift separating the glacier from B-46. ~Sarah Lewin

Mars in Its Sights


Monday, November 26, 2018: It's Mars landing day! NASA will attempt to place a lander called InSight on the surface of the Red Planet today at about 3 p.m. EST. That spacecraft has been accompanied on its journey by two briefcase-size satellites called Mars Cube One (MarCO), the first cubesats to leave Earth's immediate neighborhood. One of those tiny spacecraft snapped this photo of itself and its destination on Nov. 24, just two days before the MarCO probes will fly past Mars. — Meghan Bartels

InSight's 1st Photo from Mars


Tuesday, November 27, 2018: After a successful touchdown on the Red Planet yesterday (Nov. 26), NASA's InSight spacecraft snapped its first photo of the landing site on the plains of Elysium Planitia. The dark specks on the image are pieces of Martian dust that were kicked up during the landing and stuck to InSight's protective camera lens cover. — Hanneke Weitering

Inside the Rosette Nebula


Wednesday, November 28, 2018: Clouds of cosmic dust and gas glow red in this new view of the Rosette Nebula captured by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile. Inside this stellar nursery, baby stars are forming while existing stars illuminate their surroundings with powerful radiation. — Hanneke Weitering

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