This Week at NASA | Investigation of SpaceX Mishap; more
SpaceX, with Federal Aviation Administration oversight, is leading the investigation of what caused the June 28 mishap shortly after the company’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The flight was SpaceX’s seventh contracted resupply mission to the International Space Station. Although important supplies and cargo were lost aboard the Dragon, the station crew has sufficient supplies into the Fall. Also, Progress on crew access tower at Cape, New Horizons’ final flight path, Forever Remembered exhibit, Health and Safety Fair and NASA Week and the Essence Festival.
SpaceX, with Federal Aviation Administration oversight, is leading the investigation of what caused the June 28 mishap shortly after the company’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The flight was SpaceX’s seventh contracted resupply mission to the International Space Station. Although important supplies and cargo were lost aboard the Dragon, the station crew has sufficient supplies into the Fall.
Progress on crew access tower at Cape
Work is progressing on a new crew access tower at Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 41 – with the metal segments that will make up the 200-foot-tall structure taking shape nearby. The access tower will be used by astronauts to board Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft. The work by Boeing and United Launch Alliance is critical to preparing the launch site for a flight test to certify systems for operational missions to the International Space Station for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has received a final “all clear,” as it speeds ever closer to Pluto for a historic July 14 flyby of Pluto and its moons. After seven weeks of detailed searches for dust clouds, rings, and other potential hazards, NASA’s New Horizons team has decided to remain on its original path through the Pluto system. This avoids the need for a late course correction to detour around any orbiting debris that could threaten the spacecraft. Because New Horizons is traveling at such a high rate of speed – 30,800 miles per hour – a particle as small as a grain of rice could be lethal.
Astronaut artifacts line the walls of a new, permanent memorial called “Forever Remembered,” at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. NASA and astronaut families collaborated on the memorial designed to honor the crews lost on missions STS-51L and STS-107, pay tribute to space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, and emphasize the importance of learning from the past. The memorial contains the largest collection of personal items of both flight crews and includes recovered hardware from both shuttles, never before displayed for the public.
Health and Safety Fair
During the 2015 NASA headquarters health and safety fair on June 30, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden presented trophies to winners of the agency’s internal NASA MOVES fitness challenge. The fair also featured a range of health, safety, fitness and wellness activities and demonstrations.
In conjuction with the annual Essence Festival in New Orleans, Stennis Space Center kicked off NASA week on June 30 — with activities to help celebrate space exploration. NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson was on hand to meet and talk with attendees, who also learned about NASA’s Journey to Mars, work being done for the Earth, off the Earth aboard the International Space Station and more.
And that’s what’s up this week @NASA.
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