THIS WEEK @NASA: Mike Pence Visits Langley Research Center, Science Results About Water on Jupiter

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ABOVE VIDEO: Vice President Pence visits our Langley Research Center, science results related to water on Jupiter, and studying the darkest areas of the Moon … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA!

Vice President Pence Visits Langley Research Center

Vice President Mike Pence and our Administrator Jim Bridenstine, visited our Langley Research Center in Virginia on Feb. 19, to highlight work being done at Langley in support of our Artemis program, which plans to return astronauts to the surface of the Moon.

Vice President Mike Pence:
“In order to succeed we are going to continue to focus on the mission over the means. We want to challenge each one of you here at Langley. Consider every available option and platform to meet our goals.”

In honor of Black History Month the Vice President recognized the contributions of former Langley mathematician Katherine Johnson and her family, as well as others in the audience and around the agency.

Findings From NASA’s Juno Update Jupiter Water Mystery

The first science results from our Juno mission’s investigation into the amount of water in Jupiter’s atmosphere estimate that, at the equator, water makes up about 0.25% of the molecules — almost three times that of the Sun. These are also the first findings on Jupiter’s abundance of water since our 1995 Galileo mission suggested Jupiter might be extremely dry compared to the Sun – a suggestion based not on liquid water, but on the presence of water’s molecular components in the Sun.

Students Selected to Build Technologies to Study Moon’s Darkest Areas

NASA has awarded nearly $1 million to eight university teams through a competitive student challenge to build sample lunar payloads that demonstrate innovative ways to study permanently-shadowed areas of the Moon. Technologies designed to collect data, generate wireless power for future infrastructure, and enable autonomous mobility in these extreme environments could be used in preparation for landing the first woman and next man on the Moon in 2024 through our Artemis program.

NASA Announces Teams for 2020 Human Exploration Rover Challenge

This past week we announced that more than 100 teams from around the world are expected to participate in our Human Exploration Rover Challenge, April 17-18 near our Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The annual event features student-built, human-powered rovers navigating a course simulating terrain found on the Moon and Mars, as well as other planets, moons and asteroids.

Cygnus Arrives at International Space Station

On Feb. 18 Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station loaded with more than 7,500 pounds of research and supplies for the crew onboard the station. Northrop Grumman launched the Cygnus three days earlier from our Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. This is the company’s 13th commercial resupply services mission for NASA.

That’s what’s up this week @NASA