THIS WEEK @NASA: Christina Koch Reflects on Record-Setting Mission, New Era Budget for Space Exploration

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ABOVE VIDEO: A budget for a new era of space exploration, do you have what it takes to be an astronaut? And Christina Koch reflects on her record-setting mission … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA!

Bridenstine Discusses Fiscal Year 2021 Budget

During a February 10 event at our Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, our Administrator, Jim Bridenstine discussed the President’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget for NASA, which invests more than $25 billion in the agency.

NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine:
“This is a 21st Century budget worthy of 21st Century space exploration and one of our strongest budgets in NASA history.”

One of the noteworthy highlights is the more than $3 billon included for a human landing system for our Artemis Program. The budget will also enable us to carry out history’s first Mars sample return mission, develop a host of new trailblazing Earth observation missions, continue a wide range of cutting-edge aeronautics research, and more.

NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine:
“The science and technology we are working on right now will prepare us in this new exploration to take humanity’s next giant leap to Mars.”

NASA to Hire More Artemis Generation Astronauts

NASA is accepting applications from March 2 to March 31 for the agency’s next class of Artemis Generation astronauts. U.S. citizens with a master’s degree from an accredited institution in a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics related field can apply. NASA expects to select the new class of astronaut candidates in mid-2021. You can get more details at

Koch Participates in First Post-Flight News Conference

Astronaut Christina Koch discussed her record-setting mission aboard the space station during a post-flight news conference on Feb. 12 at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Astronaut, Christina Koch:
“My main message to anyone who has a dream is to follow your passions, be true to yourself, do what you love and live the life that you’ve imagined for yourself. Do the things that might feel like they’re just out of your reach – go after that thing. Not only will you maximally impact the world but you’ll get the most personal fulfillment out of it.”

Koch’s 328-day mission aboard the International Space Station is the longest spaceflight ever for a woman.

Solar Orbiter Launch Takes Solar Science to New Heights

On Feb. 9, the Solar Orbiter mission launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Solar Orbiter is a European Space Agency-NASA collaboration that will provide the first-ever images of the Sun’s poles, and create a one-of-a-kind picture of how the Sun can affect the space environment throughout our solar system.

Mars 2020 Arrives at KSC

Our Mars 2020 rover has arrived at our Kennedy Space Center in Florida to begin final preparations for its launch from Cape Canaveral this July.

After landing in the Jezero Crater region on Mars in February 2021, the rover will collect and store rock and soil samples, search for signs of past microbial life, and characterize the planet’s climate and geology to help pave the way for human exploration.

That’s what’s up this week @NASA

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