NASA Starliner Solar Sail CAPSTONE

This week @NASA: historic Starliner test mission, solar sail, record-breaking helicopter flight to Mars

NASA Starliner Solar Sail CAPSTONE

A commercial crew spacecraft historical test mission

Recognize leadership of our[{” attribute=””>James Webb Space Telescope team …

And a small spacecraft prepares for a unique mission around the Moon … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA!

Historic Boeing CST-100 Starliner test mission

“Approaching the International Space Station…”Commentator

On May 20, unmanned Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station on the Orbital Flight Test-2 or OFT-2 mission for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

“Soft capture confirmed.”Mission audio

“Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft completes its historic first docking with the International Space Station, opening a new route for crews to the orbiting laboratory.”Commentator

The next day – another first for Starlinerthanks to the efforts of NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren and Bob Hines.

“Very well – and it looks like the hatch is open on the Starliner. Bob Hines is the first astronaut to enter Starliner in orbit.Commentator

The Starliner spent several days at the station, during which crews performed a series of planned tests, and the station crew transferred several hundred pounds of cargo and supplies. Undocked Starliner from the station on May 25 and returned to Earth later the same day, land at White Sands Space Harbor in New Mexico. The OFT-2 mission was designed to test the end-to-end capabilities of the Starliner system to safely transport astronauts to and from the space station.

Greg Robinson

Greg Robinson, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Program Manager at NASA Headquarters, gives a brief interview on NASA television as he and the launch team watch the countdown to Webb’s launch on December 25, 2021, at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Webb is a large infrared telescope with a 21.3-foot (6.5-meter) primary mirror. The observatory will study every phase of cosmic history – from the interior of our solar system to the most distant observable galaxies in the early universe. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA’s Webb program director named to TIME100 list

Gregory Robinsonthe program director of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, was named to TIME100 – the magazine’s annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people and leaders. Robinson began his career at NASA in 1989 and joined the Webb team in 2018. In his current role, he oversees what will be the premier space observatory for the next decade. The Webb Telescope will explore every phase of 13.5 billion years of cosmic history to help us understand our place in the universe.

CAPSTONE above the lunar north pole

CAPSTONE above the lunar North Pole: After arriving on the Moon, CAPSTONE will begin its 6-month primary mission. The mission will validate the characteristics of a near-rectilinear halo orbit by demonstrating how to enter and operate in orbit. Credit: NASA Illustration/Daniel Rutter

CAPSTONE CubeSat prepares for lunar flight

Experience operating and navigating Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System technology, or Mission CAPSTONE is slated for an earliest launch on June 6. This is a collaboration between NASA and industry that will use a microwave oven-sized CubeSat to test a unique elliptical orbit around the Moon, officially known as the orbit of almost rectilinear halo. The mission will help reduce risks to future spacecraft, including bridgean outpost in lunar orbit for NASA’s Artemis programby validating innovative navigation technologies and verifying the dynamics of this halo-shaped orbit.

Diffractive solar sails

Diffractive solar sails, depicted in this concept illustration, could enable missions in hard-to-reach places, such as orbits above the Sun’s poles. 1 credit: MacKenzi Martin

NASA-backed solar sail could take science to new heights

NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts program, or NIAC, has selected a new solar sail concept for development as a demonstration mission. The solar sailwhich uses a property of light called diffraction to use sunlight more efficiently, could take science to new directions.

Record flight of NASA's Mars Ingenuity helicopter

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter completed a record-breaking 25th flight on April 8, 2022. The rotorcraft’s onboard navigation camera captured its longest, fastest flight to date on the Red Planet. The helicopter covered 2,310 feet (704 meters) at a top speed of 12 mph (5.5 meters per second). Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Ingenuity[{” attribute=””>Mars Helicopter Captures Video of Record Flight

Our Ingenuity helicopter on Mars captured this black-and-white footage during its record-breaking 25th flight. The flight, which took place on April 18, was also Ingenuity’s longest and fastest flight to date. The rotorcraft traveled over 2,300 feet and reached a speed of 12 mph.

That’s what’s up this week @NASA …


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