This Week at NASA | This Week @ NASA: New Crewmembers Onboard the Space Station
The space station’s newest crew members are safely onboard … Our first asteroid sample return mission arrives at its destination … And, the first sounds from Mars … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA!
New Crew Onboard Space Station
The International Space Station’s three newest crew members, including our Anne McClain, are adjusting to life aboard the orbital outpost. McClain, Oleg Konenenko of Roscosmos, and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency docked their Soyuz spacecraft to the station at 2:33 p.m. EST on Dec. 3 – six hours after launching from Kazakhstan. They will spend more than six months on the station and are scheduled to be onboard during the first test flights of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which will return human spaceflight launches to American soil.
Commercial Resupply Mission Launches to Space Station
On Dec. 5, a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida to deliver supplies to the space station – including critical materials to directly support dozens of the more than 250 science and research investigations onboard. This is SpaceX’s 16th resupply mission to the space station.
OSIRIS-REx Arrives at Bennu
OSIRIS-REx Control Room:
After traveling through space for more than two years and two billion kilometers, our OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrived at asteroid Bennu, on Dec. 3. The spacecraft will spend almost a year surveying Bennu to select a location on the asteroid that is safe and scientifically interesting to collect a sample. OSIRIS-REx will return that sample to Earth in September 2023.
InSight “Hears” Martian Winds
Our InSight lander has captured the first sounds ever sensed directly from the surface of Mars.
(Quick Nat Sound: Wind Vibrations on Mars)
(Sound: Wind Vibration from Air Sensor [APSS])
(Sound: Wind Vibration from Seismometer)
NASA Mourns Passing of President George H.W. Bush
NASA joined the rest of the nation this past week to mourn the passing of President, George Herbert Walker Bush – the nation’s 41st President. In a statement, our administrator, Jim Bridenstine said the late President’s Space Exploration Initiative helped us to think big and long-term about space. And his impassioned vision still can be felt in our ongoing efforts to send humans farther into the solar system to live and work for extended periods. President George H.W. Bush – was 94 years old.
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