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RT @NASAhistory: Astronaut #Classof78 member Ellison S. Onizuka became the 1st Asian-American in space when he flew as a Mission Specialist on STS-51C. Born and raised in Hawaii, he served as an @usairforce flight test engineer prior to his selection for the #Classof78

RT @NASAhistory: Dr. Judith Resnik was another woman astronaut chosen for #Classof78. She was the first Jewish-American in space on STS-41D in 1984. #MazelTov

RT @NASAhistory: #Classof78 included 3 African-American astronauts: Guion S. “Guy” Bluford, Fred Gregory, and Ron McNair. Guy Bluford became the 1st African-American in space in August 1983, on STS-8. During his career at NASA, he logged over 688 hours in space. #WhatAGuy

RT @NASAhistory: Astronaut #Classof78 member, Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space in 1983, aboard STS-7. In addition to her career as an astronaut, Ride was dedicated to encouraging students – especially girls – to study science and mathematics. #RideOn @SallyRideSci

40 years ago today, we made history by selecting the 1st @NASA_Astronaut class to include women, African-American & Asian-American astronauts. That diverse class of 1978 went on to achieve many firsts & build a foundation for the record breakers of today:

An Elephant s Trunk in Cepheus

With image data from telescopes large and small, this close-up features the dusty Elephant’s Trunk Nebula. It winds through the emission nebula and young star cluster complex IC 1396, in the high and far off constellation of Cepheus. Also known as vdB 142, the cosmic elephant’s trunk is over 20 light-years long. The colorful view highlights bright, swept-back ridges that outline the region’s pockets of cool interstellar dust and gas. Such embedded, dark, tendril-shaped clouds contain the raw material for star formation and hide protostars within. Nearly 3,000 light-years distant, the relatively faint IC 1396 complex covers a large region on the sky, spanning over 5 degrees. This dramatic scene spans a 1 degree wide field, about the size of 2 Full Moons. via NASA

We’re on a mission to inspire the next generation of scientists & explorers! See how we’re using CubeSats to encourage young minds to engage with #STEM—science, technology, engineering & mathematics:

Small businesses aren’t only the cornerstones of our communities, they’re a huge source of innovation. Our Office of Small Business Programs (@NASA_OSBP) wants to garner that ingenuity into tech that supports future missions. Details on how to apply:

Pardon Me!”…This supermassive black hole, billions of times the mass of our Sun, was caught by our @ChandraXRay Observatory doing some cosmic snacking then “burping” 🗣 ️— twice! Take a look: