Administrator Bridenstine Discusses Our Artemis Program on This Week @NASA – June 14, 2019


The latest about our Artemis program … An astronaut shares her story with students
… And another record-breaking maneuver by one
or our spacecraft … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA! Administrator Bridenstine spoke about our
Artemis program during a June 10 town hall at our Glenn Research Center in Cleveland,
Ohio. Artemis missions will land the first American
woman and the next American man on the Moon by 2024, by using innovative new technologies
and systems – some of which are being developed at Glenn. “Glenn is going to be very instrumental
in helping us achieve these goals for a sustainable lunar return and an eventual mission to Mars.” Our Serena Auñón-Chancellor stopped by Excel
Academy Public Charter School on June 10, as part of her post-flight visit to the Washington
D.C. area. Auñón-Chancellor spent 197 days in space
as a member of the International Space Station’s Expedition 56/57 crew, contributing to hundreds
of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science. She returned to Earth in December 2018. Science continues to flow from our Cassini
mission to Saturn, which wrapped up in 2017. A new paper published June 13 in Science describes
findings from the spacecraft’s closet-ever observations of the planet’s main rings. The findings include fine details of features
– textures and patterns – sculpted by tiny moons or masses embedded within the rings
that interact with the particles around them. This raises questions about the interactions
that shaped the planet’s rings. On June 12, our OSIRIS-REx spacecraft performed
another significant navigation maneuver—breaking its own world record for a spacecraft making
the closest orbit of a planetary body. The maneuver began the mission’s new phase,
known as Orbital B, and placed the spacecraft 680 meters — less than half a mile — above
the surface of asteroid Bennu. A newly installed webcam, affectionately called
“Seeing 2020,” offers the public a live, bird’s-eye view of construction and testing of our Mars
2020 rover at our Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Check out go.nasa.gov/seeing2020 for continuous
live video of the rover taking shape before it launches next year on one of the most technologically
challenging interplanetary missions ever designed. On June 12, Administrator Bridenstine was
joined by U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, and author
Margot Lee Shetterly at a ceremony to rename the street in front of our Headquarters in
Washington – E Street SW – to “Hidden Figures Way.” The event honored Katherine Johnson, Dorothy
Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, who were featured in Shetterly’s book – and subsequent movie
– Hidden Figures, as well as other women who have dedicated their lives to honorably
serving our country, advancing equality, and contributing to the United States space program. That’s what’s up this week @NASA … For more on these and other stories follow
us on the web at nasa.gov/twan.

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