NASA News 2021.08.28

Science Launching to Station on SpaceX’s 23rd Cargo Resupply Mission – New scientific research and technology demonstrations are heading to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX cargo resupply services mission Saturday, Aug. 28.

The Dragon spacecraft will deliver these materials as part of several investigations, including a study on preventing and treating bone density loss, testing a way to monitor crew eye health, a new robotic arm demonstration, exposing materials to the harsh environment of space, mitigating stress in plants, and much more.
Live coverage of the launch will air on NASA Television, the NASA app and the agency’s website beginning at 3:15 a.m. EDT. You can also register to attend this launch virtually. Registrants will receive mission updates, curated launch resources, and a virtual guest passport stamp following a successful launch.

The Next Giant Leap – NASA Administrator Bill Nelson provided keynote remarks at the 36th Space Symposium in Colorado this week, highlighting our upcoming missions, why we’re returning to the Moon under the Artemis program and how NASA brings value to everyday life. Why the Moon? Artemis missions will build a community on the Moon, driving a new lunar economy and inspiring a new generation.

Testing Complete – Our James Webb Space Telescope has completed its rigorous testing regimen, a major turning point for the mission. Now, the team is preparing to ship the space science observatory to its launch site in French Guiana. Webb’s leap into the cosmic unknown will soon be underway! 

Eyes on the Earth – Wildfires in Northern California have scorched more than 1 million acres of land. On Aug. 18, the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument acquired new data showing smoke from these fires. The highest plume reached about 19,685 feet in altitude. 

Women at NASA – Women are making history at NASA every day. For Women’s Equality Day, we honored the women of NASA for the countless contributions, thank women who came before us so that we might make a difference, and celebrate women of the future on the path to pursue their dreams.

Lucy in the Sky With… Asteroids – Lucy, our first spacecraft to explore the Trojan asteroids, is launching this October. Are you a musician inspired by exploration and discovery? Join with others to create the Lucy Soundscape, a public collection of original music inspired by the mission.

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech 

With the Psyche mission now less than a year from launch, anticipation is building. The spacecraft is in the midst of system integration and tests at our Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The mission to explore the metal-rich asteroid, also named Psyche, is well on its way to a targeted August 2022 launch.

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