NASA News 2021.10.30

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 Astronauts Launch to the International Space Station – We’re inviting you to virtually join us for a Halloween launch! Our SpaceX Crew-3 mission is set to lift off on Sunday, Oct. 31, at 2:21 a.m. EDT (06:21 UTC) from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Astronauts Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn, and Kayla Barron of NASA will fly to the International Space Station alongside astronaut Matthias Maurer of ESA (European Space Agency).

Be Our Guest – Register to attend the launch virtually or RSVP for our Facebook event. Our virtual guest program for this launch includes curated launch resources, behind-the-scenes looks at the mission, and a virtual guest passport stamp.

STEM Toolkit – Calling all teachers, parents, and students of the Artemis Generation! Try out these virtual and hands-on activities that are both family-friendly and educational through Next Gen STEM Commercial Crew.

What’s Next? – The Crew Dragon “Endurance” spacecraft will dock to the space station on Monday, Nov. 1, at 12:10 a.m. EDT (04:10 UTC). Watch continuous coverage of their entire ride on NASA TV.

We Go, Together – This week, we welcomed Poland as the newest member of the Artemis family. NASA welcomes the country as it joins the growing list of Artemis Accords signees committed to ensuring peaceful and safe exploration of the Moon.

Eyes on the Earth – This year’s ozone hole is the 13th-largest on record. Why is that important? High in the atmosphere, ozone—a chemical that consists of three atoms of oxygen—blocks some harmful ultraviolet radiation from reaching us on Earth.

Jupiter in 3D – Jupiter’s allure is more than skin deep. New findings from our Juno spacecraft orbiting Jupiter offer clues on the unseen processes and conditions that occur below the planet’s distinctive and colorful clouds.

Are We Alone in the Universe? – When would we be able to say with confidence that we found life beyond Earth? Our astrobiologists are asking the science community to help create a scale that would put evidence in context.

Help Us Explore Mars – You can help make our robots on the Red Planet even smarter. Members of the public can now help teach an artificial intelligence algorithm to recognize scientific features in images taken by the Perseverance rover.

In a Galaxy Far, Far Away – Signs of a planet transiting a star outside of the Milky Way galaxy may have been detected for the first time. This result, from our Chandra X-ray Observatory, opens a new window to search for exoplanets at greater distances.

Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/SDO

On Oct. 8, 2014, active regions on our Sun gave it the appearance of a jack-o’-lantern. This image is a blend of 171 and 193 angstrom light as captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory.

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