This Week at NASA | Upcoming ISS Missions; Deep Space Climate Observatory; more
NASA and its International Space Station partners announced the crews of three upcoming missions to the ISS. The crews include three NASA astronauts. In May 2016, Kate Rubins will join the Expedition 48 crew already in orbit. Shane Kimbrough will follow on Expedition 49 and veteran astronaut Peggy Whitson will serve on Expedition 50. Also, Reid Wiseman’s hometown visit, Grunsfeld selected to Hall of Fame, Dragon departs station, Deep Space Climate Observatory, African American History Month and Getting to know the NACA.
NASA and its International Space Station partners announced the crews of three upcoming missions to the ISS. The crews include three NASA astronauts. In May 2016, Kate Rubins will join the Expedition 48 crew already in orbit. Shane Kimbrough will follow on Expedition 49 and veteran astronaut Peggy Whitson will serve on Expedition 50.
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, who developed a strong social media following as a member of the Expedition 40/41 crew last year, was on hand for several public events Feb. 10-12, in and around his hometown of Baltimore. Among those events was a ceremony at the Historic Courthouse in Towson, where representatives of Baltimore County presented him with a Hero pin. Wiseman also spoke to visitors at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore about his experience aboard the space station.
Grunsfeld selected to Hall of Fame
NASA Associate Administrator for Science, John Grunsfeld is one of four space shuttle astronauts selected for induction into the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is scheduled for May 30th at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. Grunsfeld is best known as a robotics expert who conducted three missions to repair and upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope. Steve Lindsey, Kent Rominger, and M. Rhea Seddon, M.D. are the other astronauts selected for induction.
After spending a month at the International Space Station, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was separated from the station on Feb. 10 with the Canadarm2 robotic arm and released for its return trip to Earth. Dragon, which completed the company’s fifth commercial resupply mission to the station, brought back almost two tons of vital scientific experiments and station hardware.
The Deep Space Climate Observatory or DSCOVR satellite was launched on Feb. 11, aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The mission, a partnership between NOAA, NASA and the U.S. Air Force, is designed to orbit the sun at the L1 Lagrange point – a stable, neutral gravitational part of space, about a million miles from Earth and give accurate, early warnings of solar activity that could potentially wreak havoc on systems and infrastructure on Earth and avionics on aircraft. The spacecraft also carries two NASA Earth science instruments to advance our understanding of our home planet.
African American History Month
In recognition of African American History Month, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden spoke at a Feb. 9 Federal Emergency Management Agency event in Washington about the contributions of African Americans in public service and the role of emergency preparedness throughout his professional career. Two days later, the Administrator gave a lecture at the District’s MLK Memorial Library about the challenges facing African Americans in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related fields.
“10 Things You Don’t Know about the NACA” – a Feb. 10 presentation at NASA headquarters featuring the agency’s Chief Historian Bill Barry, highlighted little-known facts, fascinating photos and other interesting details about the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, NASA’s predecessor, which was founded nearly 100 years ago — on March 3, 1915. The NACA became NASA in 1958.
And that’s what’s up this week @NASA.
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