Some Artemis II astronauts check out some flight hardware…
A mission that will map millions of galaxies…
And studying disturbances in the atmosphere…
A few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA!
Artemis II Astronauts View SLS Core Stage at Michoud
During a recent visit to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility, NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman and Christina Koch, and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen, saw the core stage for the Space Launch System, or SLS rocket that will fly on Artemis II.
Late next year, the three astronauts and NASA’s Victor Glover will launch in an Orion spacecraft atop the SLS on Artemis II, the first crewed flight test for Artemis around the Moon and back.
Building a Mission to Map Millions of Galaxies
NASA’s SPHEREx space telescope is beginning to take shape. The observatory, with its distinctive cone-shaped photon shields, will sweep over every section of the sky and survey hundreds of millions of galaxies.
The mission, which is targeted for launch no earlier than April 2025, will help scientists better understand where water and other key ingredients necessary for life originated, and will also create a map of the universe that far exceeds the color resolution of previous all-sky maps.
Space Station Experiment to Study Atmospheric Waves
At the mesopause, where the experiment will make its measurements, AGWs are revealed by colorful bands of light known as airglow. AGWs can also contribute to space weather – which can disrupt satellite and communications signals on and around Earth.
Studying the Health of Earth’s Climate and Oceans
NASA’s PACE spacecraft recently arrived for prelaunch processing at the Astrotech Space Operations Facility near NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. PACE will help us better understand how the ocean and atmosphere exchange carbon dioxide, measure key atmospheric variables associated with air quality and Earth’s climate, and monitor ocean health. The mission is targeted for launch in 2024.
That’s what’s up this week @NASA.