Tag Archive: This Week @NASA

Jun 21 2015

NASA: This Week : Mission to Europa Gets Green Light on This Week

The latest episode of This Week @ NASA covers the future mission to Europa that has been given green light and founding. Also, NASA is seeking other worlds suitable for life, agreements advance Mars exploration, Asteroid exploration update, Newman visits Langley, Rainfall spacecraft re-enters over tropics and Sample Robot Return Challenge!  

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Feb 21 2015

This Week @NASA : Space station spacewalks

A Feb. 18 briefing at Johnson Space Center previewed a series of U.S. spacewalks to prepare the International Space Station for new docking ports that will allow future crews launched from Florida, on U.S. commercial spacecraft to dock to the station. On the first EVA, scheduled for no earlier than Feb. 21, NASA astronauts Barry …

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Jan 27 2015

This Week @ NASA: State of STEM

During his State of the Union address Jan. 20, President Obama emphasized the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math or STEM, to maintaining a strong and competitive American economy. On hand as an invited guest, was NASA astronaut Scott Kelly who is preparing to take part in the first ever one-year mission aboard the …

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Dec 13 2014

This Week @NASA: Orion is back

The hugely successful first flight test on Dec. 5 of NASA’s Orion spacecraft took it farther than any spacecraft designed for astronauts has been in more than 40 years. The two-orbit, 4.5 hour trip into space was designed to test many of Orion’s systems critical to crew safety – with data collected by more than …

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Dec 10 2014

This Week @NASA: Orion’s first flight

The successful first flight test of NASA’s Orion spacecraft on Dec. 5 not only was a historic moment for the agency – but also was a critical step on NASA’s Journey to Mars. Orion rode to space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a Delta IV heavy rocket with no crew, but loaded with …

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Nov 30 2014

This Week @NASA: New crew launches to ISS

NASA’s Terry Virts and Expedition 42/43 crewmates, Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency and the European Space Agency’s Samantha Cristoforetti, launched Nov. 23 at 4:01 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Almost six hours later, their Soyuz spacecraft docked to the International Space Station – where they joined Expedition 42 Commander Barry …

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Nov 22 2014

This Week @NASA: NASA is with you when you fly

NASA invited social media members Nov. 18 and 19 to the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center for a two-day event highlighting the ways NASA is with you when you fly. The NASA social gave participants an exclusive look at the latest tools and technologies being developed to improve the efficiency, safety and adaptability of air …

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Nov 16 2014

This Week @NASA: Orion rolled out and mated

In preparation for its first spaceflight test next month, NASA’s Orion spacecraft was transported from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Abort System Facility to Space Launch Complex 37 at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on November 11, arriving at the launch pad early Nov. 12. NASA’s new deep space exploration capsule then was attached to …

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Nov 08 2014

This Week @NASA: Orion flight test previewed

A NASA media briefing on Nov. 6 at Kennedy Space Center highlighted the fully assembled Orion spacecraft and details of its first test flight, scheduled for Dec. 4. The 4 and-a-half hour flight, called Exploration Flight Test-1, will send Orion 3,600 miles from Earth on a two-orbit flight to confirm its critical systems are ready …

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Nov 02 2014

This Week @NASA: SpaceX Dragon returns

The SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule was recently detached from the International Space Station for its return to Earth, just over a month after delivering about 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments to the ISS. Dragon safely returned to Earth with more than 3,200 pounds of NASA cargo and science samples – completing the company’s fourth …

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Oct 25 2014

This Week @NASA: Images from comet’s Mars flyby

Several Mars-based NASA spacecraft had prime viewing positions for comet Siding Spring’s October 19 close flyby of the Red Planet. Early images included a composite photo from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope that combined shots of Mars, the comet, and a star background to illustrate Siding Spring’s distance from Mars at closest approach. Also, images from …

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Oct 10 2014

This Week @NASA: U.S. spacewalk on ISS and the Brightest Pulsar

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 41 Flight Engineers Reid Wiseman of NASA and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency donned U.S. spacesuits for an October 7 spacewalk to relocate a failed cooling pump and to install a backup power cable device for the station’s rail car system. The failed pump was replaced with …

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Sep 06 2014

This Week @NASA: Global Precipitation Measurement mission data released

Precipitation information from the first six months of the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory mission now is fully available to the public. Launched from Japan in February, the joint NASA and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency mission works with international partner satellites to produce precise and standardized data sets on worldwide rainfall, snowfall and other precipitation. …

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Aug 30 2014

This Week @NASA: Space Launch System milestone

On August 27, NASA announced a milestone in development of the Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket. The completion of a rigorous review known as Key Decision Point C, or KDP-C, means NASA can transition from formulation to development of the rocket that will send humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars. KDP-C outlines a conservative …

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Aug 24 2014

This Week @NASA: Orion’s protective backshell installed

Engineers at Kennedy Space Center have finished installing the Orion spacecraft’s backshell – the black protective tiles on the cone-shaped sides of NASA’s new deep space capsule. The backshell tiles are the same type that protected the underside of space shuttles — and will not only provide protection from debris while in space but from …

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Aug 16 2014

This Week @NASA: Carbon Observatory’s First Data

A month after its launch, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, NASA’s first spacecraft dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide – has reached its final operating orbit and returned its first science data. “First light” test data were collected on August 6 as OCO-2 flew over central New Guinea, confirming the health of the spacecraft’s science instrument’s. …

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Aug 09 2014

This Week @NASA: Orion recovery test update

NASA wrapped up its second Underway Recovery Test Aug. 4 with the Orion spacecraft, off the coast of San Diego, California. The agency teamed with Lockheed Martin, the U.S. Navy and the Department of Defense’s Human Space Flight Support Detachment 3 to evaluate primary and alternative methods to recover Orion after the spacecraft safely splashes …

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Jul 07 2014

This Week @NASA: Carbon Observing Mission Launches

NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission is underway. Launched from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, OCO-2 will help track our impact on the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and help us better understand the various human-made and natural sources of CO-2. This is one of five Earth-observing missions scheduled in 2014 — the most …

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Jun 21 2014

This Week @NASA: Orion Spacecraft Is Taking Shape

At Kennedy Space Center, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, Kennedy Center Director Bob Cabana and other officials invited the media to view prelaunch progress of the Orion spacecraft. Kennedy technicians recently attached Orion’s crew module to its service module — the first step in moving the spacecraft’s three primary elements, which includes the launch abort system, …

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Jun 01 2014

This Week @NASA: 2014 Mid Year Report

The This Week At NASA crew is on a short mid-year hiatus — but we thought we’d leave you with a quick look back at some of the big and exciting news featured so far in 2014 on This Week at NASA.  

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