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Science and supplies rocket to the space station … New clues about an interstellar visitor … And updating the status of a flagship mission … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA!
New Resupply Mission Launches to Space Station
“We have ignition and liftoff”…
Almost three tons of supplies and science experiments are headed to the International Space Station on a SpaceX Dragon cargo craft. Launched on a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida on June 29, the cargo ship is set to arrive at the orbital outpost early on July 2.
ECOSTRESS Experiment Launching to Space Station
One of the experiments launched on that mission will help scientists study how plants respond to changes in water availability. The ECOSTRESS experiment will be installed on the space station to measure the temperature of plants from space as never before.
Webb Space Telescope Update
Our Webb Telescope is now targeting March of 2021 as a new launch date, after an Independent Review Board completed its assessment of delays in integration and testing. NASA and the board unanimously agree that Webb can still achieve mission success, peering into other galaxies to see light from the very dawn of time.
“We’re creating something new here. We’re dealing with cutting edge technology to perform an unprecedented mission, and I know that our teams are working hard and will successfully overcome the challenges.”
Webb to Target Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.
When it’s not looking deep into the cosmos, Webb will turn its infrared eye toward the mysteries of our own solar system, including Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. Building on data from Hubble and other observatories, Webb could shed new light on the enigmatic storm, including clues about what causes its iconic color.
Interstellar Object Gets Unexpected Speed Boost
Astronomers now think the mysterious interstellar visitor named ‘Oumuamua (oh-MOO-ah-MOO-ah) is behaving more like a tiny weird comet than a rocky asteroid. Data from Hubble and ground-based observatories confirm the object got a boost in speed and shift in trajectory as it passed through our inner solar system last year. This boost was not caused by the gravity from the Sun or planets as would be expected, but possibly from an unseen push from jets of gaseous material, like those that affect the motion of many comets in our solar system.
NASA Technologies Significantly Reduce Aircraft Noise
Recent flight tests successfully demonstrated technology that could help quiet the aircraft noise heard around airports during landings. The flights, at our Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, saw a more than 70 percent reduction in airframe noise – caused by landing gear, wing flaps and other non-engine parts.
New Podcast Highlights our ‘Rocket Ranch’
If you’re a podcast fan, check out ‘The Rocket Ranch,’ from our Kennedy Space Center on Florida’s Space Coast. Our newest podcast series will take you behind the scenes with the scientists, technicians and engineers working to return humans to the Moon and put boots on Mars. Learn more about all our podcasts at nasa.gov/podcasts.(c)2018 NASA | SCVTV