THIS WEEK @NASA: Artemis Update, Next ISS Crew Trains For Mission

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ABOVE VIDEO: An update to plans for Artemis, the next space station crew trains for its mission, and collaboration in the interest of space … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA!

NASA Updates Artemis Plan to Land First Woman, Next Man on Moon in 2024

NASA published their Artemis plan to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon in 2024.

The plan includes details about a new test during the Artemis II mission in 2023, when astronauts will manually fly the Orion spacecraft to see how it handles in space. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine discussed the agency’s plans and budget during a U.S. Senate appropriations hearing on Sept. 23.

(SOT: Jim Bridenstine / NASA Administrator)

“The budget that we have before the House and the Senate today is a very strong budget, and I think it is a budget that ultimately enables us to continue to push forward humanity into the solar system in a way that we’ve never done before.”

The first Artemis mission without astronauts, Artemis I, is on track for 2021. Learn more at: nasa.gov/artemis.

Next Space Station Crew Trains for Upcoming Mission

The International Space Station’s next crew, including NASA’s Kate Rubins, wrapped up training in Star City, Russia. Rubins and Russian crewmates Sergey Ryzhikov, and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov are set to launch Oct. 14 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

NASA, US Space Force Establish Foundation for Broad Collaboration

A new memorandum of understanding announced Sept. 22 by NASA and the U.S. Space Force calls for collaboration between the organizations in a broad range of areas including human spaceflight, U.S. space policy, space transportation, standards and best practices for safe operations in space, scientific research, and planetary defense.

OSIRIS-REx Finds Vesta Meteorites on Asteroid Bennu

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has spotted pieces of asteroid Vesta that are somehow on Bennu, the asteroid from which O-REx will attempt to collect a sample in late October. It’s believed that the material came from Bennu’s parent asteroid after a fragment from Vesta struck the parent. This sheds light on the violent origin of Bennu, which is an asteroid that formed from fragments of a massive collision.

Comet Discovered to Have Its Own Northern Lights

Data from NASA instruments on the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission have helped reveal that comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has its own far-ultraviolet aurora. It is the first time such electromagnetic emissions in the far-ultraviolet have been documented on a celestial object other than a planet or moon.

That’s what’s up this week @NASA

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