THIS WEEK @NASA: Honoring Our Fallen Heroes, Testing Nuclear Rocket Engine in Space

By  //  January 28, 2023

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ABOVE VIDEO: Honoring our fallen heroes, working on a nuclear option for space travel, and the next crewed mission to the space station … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA!

Day of Remembrance: Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

Our annual Day of Remembrance observance at Arlington National Cemetery took place on Jan. 26. The event honors the astronauts of Apollo 1; space shuttles Challenger and Columbia; and others who lost their lives in support of NASA’s mission of exploration and discovery. The observance also preceded the 20th anniversary of the Columbia accident on Feb. 1.

NASA, DARPA to Test Nuclear Rocket Engine in Space

On Jan. 24, we announced a collaboration with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA to demonstrate a nuclear thermal rocket engine in space that could help enable crewed NASA missions to Mars. Learn more at

Preview of SpaceX Crew-6 Mission

The members of our SpaceX Crew-6 mission, including NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen and Warren Hoburg, previewed the mission during a Jan. 25 crew news conference at our Johnson Space Center. Crew-6 is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station no earlier than Feb. 26.

Webb Telescope to Receive Top Space Foundation Award

Our Webb Space Telescope team has been selected to receive the Space Foundation’s 2023 John L. “Jack” Swigert, Jr.,Award for Space Exploration. This annual award honors a space agency or other entity in space exploration and discovery.

That’s what’s up this week @NASA