THIS WEEK @NASA: Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft Departs ISS, Naming the Artemis I Mission

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Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft Departs the Space Station

On June 29, a Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft left the International Space Station four months after it arrived with about 8,000 pounds of scientific experiments and supplies for the orbiting laboratory.

The spacecraft was named after storied NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who broke through barriers of gender and race, to calculate orbital mechanics for some of the first U.S. human spaceflights.

Russian Cargo Ship Delivers Supplies, Hardware to Space Station

An uncrewed Russian Progress cargo ship arrived at the space station on July 1, two days after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The Progress, which was packed with more than 3,600 pounds of food, fuel, and supplies for the Expedition 65 crew, will spend almost five months at the station.

Naming the Artemis I Mission’s ‘Moonikin’

The official name of the manikin launching on our uncrewed Artemis I flight test later this year is Commander Moonikin Campos.

The name, selected through the public “Name the Moonikin” contest, is a dedication to Arturo Campos, a key player in bringing Apollo 13 safely back to Earth. Sensors on the Moonikin will capture data that will help NASA protect astronauts on Artemis II, the first mission in more than 50 years that will send humans around the Moon.

Space Station Device Images Extreme Heat in Pacific Northwest

Data from NASA’s ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS), was used to map the recent extreme heat in the Pacific Northwest.

The deep reds in the map illustrate the 120°F land surface temperatures recorded on June 25 in Seattle, Washington. All-time temperature records have fallen in multiple cities in the U.S. and Canada during this heatwave, which the National Weather Service called “historic and dangerous.”

NASA Science Live: International Asteroid Day

On June 30, we marked International Asteroid Day with a special episode of NASA Science Live, featuring experts talking about all things asteroids. You could say that every day is asteroid day at NASA; from our missions visiting asteroids in our solar system, to finding, tracking, and monitoring them in an effort to protect our planet from potential impact hazards.

Asteroids are rocky remnants left over from the early formation of our solar system about 4.6 billion years ago. There are currently more than one million known asteroids in our solar system!

NASA Software Benefits Earth, Available for Business, Public Use

NASA’s latest software catalog is available for free public download. It includes hundreds of programs developed to help explore space that could also be used for applications beneficial to life here on Earth. For more about the software catalog and our Technology Transfer program, visit: technology.nasa.gov.

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