Tuesday, February 7

NASA: An Update on Artemis I Moon Mission 

An update on Artemis I Moon mission, the first for James Webb Space Telescope, and a new target launch date for the next commercial crew mission. A few of the stories to tell you about NASA.

Uncrewed Artemis One flight test is the first integrated test of NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Space Launch System, or SLS, the most powerful rocket in the world, and the ground systems at the Agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Over the course of about 38 days, the mission will see Orion travel thousands of miles. Beyond the Moon farther than any spacecraft built for humans has ever flown. Artemis One is the first in a series of increasingly complex missions that will provide a foundation for human deep space exploration and demonstrate our commitment and capability to extend human existence to the Moon and beyond.

For the first time, astronomers have used our Jane Swift Space Telescope to take a direct image of an Exoplanet. The planet called Hip 65 426 B, is a gas giant about five to ten times the mass of Jupiter. Taking direct images of Exoplanets is challenging because stars are so much brighter than Planets. But the Web has an instrument called a coronagraph that blocks out Starlight and makes it possible to capture direct images of certain exoplanets. This ability could help the Web reveal more information than ever before about exoplanets. 

Nasa and SpaceX are now targeting no earlier than 12:45 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on October 3 for the launch of the agency’s crew five mission to the International Space Station. The launch date adjustment was made to accommodate spacecraft traffic coming to and leaving the Space station. Nasa astronauts Nicole Man and Josh Cassida, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata, and Ross Cosmos Cosmonaut. Anakin will launch aboard a SpaceX crew Dragon spacecraft from our Kennedy Space Center. Nasa, the French Space Agency Kness, and SpaceX are now targeting December 5 for the launch of the Surface, Water, and Ocean Topography, or SWAT satellite. Swat is the first satellite mission that will survey nearly all water on Earth at an unprecedented level of detail. The mission will help inform water equity and water management decisions, provide new insights into Earth’s water and energy cycle, and help prepare communities for rising seas and changing coastlines resulting from climate change. 

Engineers have fixed an issue that was affecting data from NASA’s Voyager One spacecraft. They discovered that Voyager One’s attitude articulation and Control System, or AACS, a critical system aboard the probe had been sending Garbled to limitary data through an onboard computer that stopped working correctly years ago. Consequently, that computer corrupted the information. Voyager One and Voyager Two are celebrating an anniversary. The Twin Probes, which were launched weeks apart in late August and early September of 1977, have been exploring our solar system for 45 years.

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