The impact crater, formed December 24, 2021, by a meteoroid strike in the Amazonis Planitia region of Mars, is about 490 feet (150 meters) across, as seen in this annotated image taken by the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE camera) aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona
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A methane plume at least 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) long billows into the atmosphere south of Tehran, Iran. The plume, detected by NASA’s Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation mission, comes from a major landfill, where methane is a byproduct of decomposition. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
On October 13, 2022, NASA’s Lucy spacecraft captured this image of the Earth and the Moon from a distance of 890,000 miles (1.4 million km). The image was taken as part of an instrument calibration sequence as the spacecraft approached Earth for its first of three Earth gravity assists. These Earth flybys provide Lucy with the speed required to reach the Trojan asteroids — small bodies that orbit the Sun at the same distance as Jupiter. On its 12-year journey, Lucy will fly by a record-breaking number of asteroids and survey their diversity, looking for clues to better understand the formation of the solar system. Credit: NASA/Goddard/SwRI
The theme of the 2022 Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium is “Space at the Table: Collaboration, Cooperation, and Inclusion.” Credit: Michael Mercier / The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH)
Von Braun Symposium 2022
NASA participated in the 15th Wernher von Braun Symposium October 26 – 28 in Huntsville, Alabama. The annual event is an opportunity for space industry leaders and colleagues to convene, connect, and collaborate with each other.