THIS WEEK @NASA: Artemis Generation Astronauts Train, Critical Safety Test for Orion
By Space Coast Daily // February 29, 2020
ABOVE VIDEO: Remembering a NASA pioneer, how Artemis Generation astronauts train, and a critical safety test for Orion … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA!
Remembering Legendary Mathematician Katherine Johnson
Legendary NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson passed away Feb. 24. Johnson worked among the group of women depicted in the book and movie “Hidden Figures,” who performed critical calculations for some of our earliest and most historic spaceflights.
Johnson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015. Katherine Johnson was 101 years old.
Experiencing Artemis Generation Astronaut Training
On Feb. 25, astronauts Anne McClain and Zena Cardman suited up for a practice spacewalk to help showcase some of the training in store for our next class of Artemis Generation astronauts. The new astronauts will also work with mockups of hardware and spacecraft – like the International Space Station and the Orion spacecraft that will carry astronauts to the Moon. NASA will accept applications for its next astronaut class March 2 to 31.
Final Test of Orion Motor Critical to Astronaut Safety
Also on Feb. 25, engineers at Northrop Grumman’s facility in Elkton, Maryland successfully conducted the third and final test of the attitude control motor that provides steering for the Orion spacecraft’s Launch Abort System. The test qualifies the motor for Artemis II, Orion’s first mission with astronauts.
NASA Wants Your Help Designing a Venus Rover Concept
We are holding a public challenge seeking design ideas for a sensor to help a possible future rover maneuver safely on the fiery surface of Venus. Submissions will be accepted through May 29, 2020 and the winning sensor design will be incorporated into the rover concept. You can find out more at go.nasa.gov/venusrover.
An Inside Preview of NASA Marine Cloud Study
On February 25, our Langley Research Center hosted a preview of a new NASA airborne science campaign designed to help improve weather and climate predictions. The “ACTIVATE” mission will collect extensive data on cloud processes over the western North Atlantic Ocean with flights through the end of March. It is the second of five new major NASA airborne science studies expected to fly this year.
That’s what’s up this week @NASA
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