This Week at NASA | Orbital’s Cygnus Rocket Launches; JPL Curiosity Rover Update; more
Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Cygnus cargo craft launched aboard the company’s Antares rocket from Wallops Flight Facility on a demonstration mission to the International Space Station. The Cygnus demo mission is part of NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program to develop viable partnerships to resupply the space station. Also, Closing In On Launch, Curiosity Rover Update, Innovation & Tech Day, National Aerospace Week, A New Partner, Business to Business, Hip Hop Physics and more.
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CYGNUS LAUNCHED! – JSC/WFF
Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Cygnus cargo craft launched aboard the company’s Antares rocket from Wallops Flight Facility on a demonstration mission to the International Space Station.
Robert Lightfoot, NASA Associate Administrator:
The Cygnus demo mission is part of NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program to develop viable partnerships to resupply the space station.
CLOSING IN ON LAUNCH – JSC
At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 37/38 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency and NASA Flight Engineer Michael Hopkins continued preparations for their September 26 launch to the International Space Station. They’ll join Expedition 37 Commander Fyodor Yurchikin, NASA’s Karen Nyberg and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency onboard the ISS.
CURIOSITY ROVER UPDATE – JPL
After its longest drive yet, the Mars Curiosity rover reached an area with exposed layers of bedrock, that’s being called Darwin. Analysis of Darwin may provide evidence of whether and how water played a role in the layering of rocks in this region.
INNOVATION & TECH DAY – MSFC
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center hosted its annual Innovation & Technology Day expo to showcase pioneering technology being developed at the Center. The expo provides an opportunity for the Marshall workforce to learn about the work of and collaborate with other organizations around the Center.
NATIONAL AEROSPACE WEEK – HQ
This week, NASA joined others in celebration of National Aerospace Week. The annual observance recognizes the contributions of NASA and others in the aerospace industry to America’s economy, global competitiveness and national security. NASA continues to develop technologies in anticipation of emerging global trends in the aviation industry.
A NEW PARTNER – HQ
In conjunction with an event on Capitol Hill honoring the Boys and Girls Club of America’s “Youth of the Year”, NASA Associate Administrator for Education Leland Melvin signed a Space Act Agreement forming a partnership with the organization. The event was attended by lawmakers and several celebrities who grew up as members of the Boys and Girls Club and credit the organization for helping them succeed in life.
BUSINESS TO BUSINESS – MSFC
Marshall Space Flight Center hosted a “Business to Business Forum” in Mobile, Alabama to provide area small businesses with information about doing business with NASA and other federal organizations. Mobile native and Space Launch System program manager Todd May was on hand with Astronaut Tony Antonelli to discuss the enabling role of the SLS in of deep space exploration.
HIP HOP PHYSICS – HQ
Students at Hardy Middle School in Washington, D.C., were treated to a high-energy, hip-hop physics show – when FMA Live! Forces in Motion kicked off its 2013 season. A collaboration between NASA and Honeywell, the live, interactive ensemble teaches Newton’s Laws of Motion and Universal Laws of Gravity using actors, dance, music videos, science demonstrations and video interviews with scientists and engineers.
SOUNDS OF SPACE – HQ
Mercury 4 liftoff sound:
NASA has a collection of historic sounds available for download that you can use for ringtones, default computer sounds or anything else you can imagine. So, if you make a mistake on your computer – instead of this.
Windows Error Sound
It could be this.
“Houston, we’ve had a problem.”
And that’s This Week @NASA.