NASA announced its big plans in 2021
Nasa continued its ambition to explore our universe in 2021. Multiple missions are being undergone including launching its next great space observatory JamesWebb and its return
to Moon mission Artemis.
Arianespace Flight VS25 - CSO-2 (EN)
On Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 1:42 p.m. local time, Arianespace successfully launched an Earth observation satellite for defense and security purposes from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana (South America), using a medium-lift Soyuz launcher. This payload, CSO-2, is the second dedicated military observation satellite in France’s Optical Space Component (CSO – Composante Spatiale Optique), a program conducted by CNES and DGA for operation by the French Armed Forces and the country’s Space Command. The Optical Space Component comprises three identical satellites placed in polar orbits at different altitudes, with two assigned missions: reconnaissance for CSO-1 and CSO-3; identification for CSO-2. As a successor to the Helios 1 and 2 systems, the CSO system meets France’s operational requirements for global intelligence and strategic surveillance, providing up-to-date information about the geographic environment and in the support of operations. The CSO program is developed in a national framework within the program MUSIS (Multinational Space-based Imaging System). The CSO-2 satellite will acquire very-high-resolution images in the visible and infrared wavelengths – day or night and in fair weather – using a variety of imaging modes to meet a broad range of operational needs. CSO-2 is the 45th satellite launched by Arianespace for CNES and DGA. The CSO 1 spacecraft also was orbited by a Soyuz from the Guiana Space Center, with its launch performed on December 19, 2018. Arianespace’s order book backlog now includes 10 more missions for French institutions (CNES/DGA): CSO-3; Syracuse 4A and 4B; three satellites for the CERES system; and four satellites for the CO3D system (in partnership with Airbus Defence and Space). Airbus Defence and Space France built the CSO-2 satellite as prime contractor, with Thales Alenia Space France supplying the optical instrument. CSO-2 was the 130th satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space to be launched by Arianespace. Including today’s mission, Arianespace has now launched 75 defense and security satellites: 53 for France and its European partners, along with 22 for export. These spacecraft were designed for applications in secure telecommunications, as well as for Earth observation. Today’s launch, the 25th with Soyuz mission since its introduction at the Guiana Space Center in 2011, was Arianespace’s 10th and final launch of 2020. The year’s five Soyuz flights were conducted from three different spaceports: the Guiana Space Center; Baikonur Cosmodrome; and Vostochny Cosmodrome – providing exceptional flexibility for Arianespace’s launch services offering.
What You Need to Know from NASA
Want to know more about our solar system but don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered. Our What You Need to Know series takes you on a tour across the solar system, exploring some of the most intriguing features about our tiny slice of the Milky Way galaxy.
From moons that hide vast liquid oceans to asteroids that hold the secrets of our universe to worlds that could be friendly to life, tune in to find out What You Need to Know. Binge watch the whole series here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2aBZuCeDwlQJ-UyJfwEbX9YJGSpzPcdg
The Journey of Resilience to The Space Station on This Week @NASA – November 21, 2020
The journey of Resilience to the space station, the next ocean-observing satellite, and an update on a critical rocket test series for our Artemis missions … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA! Download link: images-assets.nasa.gov/video/The Journey of Resilience to The Space Station on This Week @NASA – November 21 2020/The Journey of Resilience to The Space Station on This Week @NASA – November 21 2020~orig.mp4 Producer: Andre Valentine
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Launch of Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Satellite
On Nov. 21, 2020, the U.S.-European oceanographic satellite Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich launched to orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. During a five-and-a-half-year prime mission, it will collect the most accurate data yet on global sea level and how our ocean is rising in response to climate change. The mission will also collect precise data of atmospheric temperature and humidity that will help improve weather forecasts and climate models.
SpaceX's CRS-21 Mission to the Space Station: What's On Board
The 21st SpaceX cargo resupply mission that will launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida carries a variety of critical research and technology demonstrations to the International Space Station. The mission will be the first on an upgraded version of the company’s Dragon cargo spacecraft that can carry more science payloads to and from the orbiting laboratory. The craft's cargo includes critical materials that support research ranging from heart disease to asteroid mining and a new commercial airlock as part of NASA’s goal to achieve a sustainable economy in low-Earth orbit. Learn more here: https://go.nasa.gov/3pzkkt8
NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 Launch
The SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience successfully docked to the International Space Station at 11:01 p.m. EST Monday, transporting NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi. NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission lifted off Sunday, Nov. 15, at 7:27 p.m. on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission is the first of six certified, crew missions NASA and SpaceX will fly as a part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. The crew will conduct science and maintenance during a six-month stay aboard the orbiting laboratory and will return in spring 2021. It is scheduled to be the longest human space mission launched from the United States. The Crew Dragon spacecraft is capable of staying in orbit for at least 210 days, as a NASA requirement. Producer Credit: Sonnet Apple
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A Bold New Look for NASA-JPL
A giant version of NASA's classic red, white, and blue logo now proudly adorns a building that has played a central role in space-exploration history. A new 30-foot NASA logo has been installed on the side of the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. The insignia – designed in 1959 and nicknamed "the meatball" – went up on Oct. 17. "We have two strands of DNA – one NASA and one Caltech. We wanted to proudly show our NASA heritage with this logo," said JPL Director Michael Watkins. "With the appearance of the new sign, I think that more than a few people will be surprised to realize there's a NASA center tucked away right here in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains." For more info about "the meatball," visit https://go.nasa.gov/2TS5ZJ8
For more info about JPL, visit https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/about/ Credit: NASA-JPL/Caltech
NASA Leaders Share Update Following NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 Arrival at the International Space Station
Tune in to hear NASA leadership discuss the successful launch and docking of Crew Dragon "Resilience" following the arrival of the Crew-1 astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Soichi Noguchi at the International Space Station. This is the first crew rotation flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket, following certification by NASA for regular flights to the space station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. Learn more about the mission by visiting https://www.nasa.gov/crew1 Download Link: https://images.nasa.gov/details-NASA%20Leaders%20Share%20Update%20Following%20NASA's%20SpaceX%20Crew-1%20Arrival%20at%20the%20International%20Space%20Station
NASA chooses SpaceX Starship for propellant transfer demonstration
SpaceX will partner with NASA's Glenn Research Center and Marshall Space Flight Center to demonstrate propellant transfer between tanks on a Starship. Credit: Space.com / animation courtesy: SpaceX / produced & edited by Steve Spaleta (http://www.twitter.com/stevespaleta)
Space Force and NASA partnership
Hey all! First off sorry for shooting in portrait mode - this video was designated for IGTV but I know not everyone on YT is on IG so I decided to share it here too. I heard youtube has a new feature where you can watch portrait mode videos on your phone without seeing the black square. Let me know if that works for anyone. In this video we will review the Memorandum of Understanding document, go over the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, and explore what this collaboration between the US Space Force and NASA means for humanity's venture into space. It's a pretty long video so here I separate it into parts: 0:00 - the press conference 3:20 - Artemis program as an international collaboration 4:24 - The Outer Space Treaty 1967 7:00 - comparing/contrasting the Outer Space Treaty 1967 to the Memorandum of Understanding 2020. 11:11 - How to not contaminate space 12:13 - NASA and US Air Force already existing partnership 14:00 - The roles played by US Air Force for NASA 18:00 - Planetary Defense written for the US Space Force 21:00 - Public/Private sectors 23:00 - Final thoughts from me. Here are the links to the official documents: https://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/ourwork/spacelaw/treaties/introouterspacetreaty.html https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/nasa_ussf_mou_21_sep_20.pdf LET'S CONNECT:: Instagram: @Astroathens
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NASA Missions and Programs, Senate Commerce Committee, September 30, 2020
On September 30, 2020, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing titled, "“NASA Missions and Programs: Update and Future Plans." The hearing focused on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) progress on major missions, including the Artemis Program. The hearing also provided an opportunity to discuss mission challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and how the agency is adapting to meet those challenges. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine was the lone witness. The event's web page is: https://www.commerce.senate.gov/2020/9/nasa-missions-and-programs-update-and-future-plans We're on Twitter at @WordsmithFL.
Artemis I Rocket to Launch with NASA Worm Logo
This animation shows NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket soaring off the Mobile Launcher at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the Artemis I mission. The super heavy-lift rocket will power NASA’s next-generation Moon missions through the agency’s Artemis program. NASA’s iconic “Worm” logo is depicted on the side of each of the SLS rocket’s solid rocket boosters. The letters are 8.3 feet tall with the entire worm logo stretching 28.7 feet from end to end on the boosters, which are taller than the Statue of Liberty. The simple, red logo was first introduced to the public in 1975. The original NASA insignia — nicknamed “the meatball” — rides to space on the top of the SLS rocket. The worm marking also appears on the Orion spacecraft riding atop the SLS rocket. NASA is working to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024. SLS and Orion, along with the human landing system and the Gateway in orbit around the Moon, are NASA’s backbone for deep space exploration. SLS is the only rocket that can send Orion, astronauts, and supplies to the Moon in a single mission. (NASA/Terry White)
NASA SLS Rocket's Core Stage Rolled Out for Transport
NASA Space Launch System rocket core stage was rolled out of the Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana for transport to the Pegasus barge. -- Full Story: https://www.space.com/nasa-sls-megarocket-core-stage-barge-rollout-photos.html Credit: NASA / mash mix by Space.com's [Steve Spaleta](http://www.twitter.com/stevespaleta)
Boom! NASA Megarocket's Test Article Tank Ruptures
The NASA Space Launch System rocket's liquid hydrogen test article tank ruptured at '260% of expected flight loads" according to NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine. Story: Kablam! Watch NASA Crush a SLS Megarocket Fuel Tank Until It Explodes: https://www.space.com/nasa-explodes-sls-megarocket-tank-test-video.html Credit: NASA
What's Up: December 2019 Skywatching Tips from NASA
What can you see in the December sky? Beautiful pairings of planets and the crescent Moon throughout the month, at sunrise and sunset. Here's where and when to look to see Venus, Saturn and Mars. Additional information about topics covered in this episode of What's Up, along with still images from the video, and the video transcript, are available at https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/whats-up-skywatching-tips-from-nasa . Credit: NASA-JPL/Caltech
Astronauts on the Moon and Mars: Getting Ready with Dr. Pascal Lee
Sounding Rockets: Cutting-Edge Science, 15 Minutes at a Time
Some of the smallest and lightest rockets in NASA’s lineup have made some of the biggest impacts on science. With a flight time of just about 15 minutes before falling back to Earth, sounding rockets collect unique observations on everything from our planet’s atmosphere to the Sun and even distant galaxies. Join us live to hear from scientists who have traveled to the ends of the Earth to launch sounding rockets, flown cutting-edge instruments on these suborbital flights, and used sounding rockets to make brand-new scientific discoveries.
A Single Spacecraft Will Visit Seven Asteroids. NASA's Lucy Mission Passes Its Design Review
Scientists have had the opportunity to examine several asteroids in the Solar System now, and what they’ve learned is how much variety is out there, depending on the mass, distance from the Sun and composition. Astronomers currently know of 829,400 asteroids across the Solar System, and they’d love to visit as many of them as possible to learn more about them. Considering the price of a single spacecraft, that’s going to get expensive. Fortunately, there are places in the Solar System that have trapped a large number of asteroids in a way that a single spacecraft can visit several of them as part of a mission. They’re at Jupiter’s L4 and L5 Lagrange points, and this week NASA approved a new mission that’ll explore 7 different asteroids over a 12-year journey. It’s called Lucy. Our Book is out!
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