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01/15/2022
SpaceCast Weekly

This week on SpaceCast Weekly, we're talking about the upcoming Russian spacewalk, the new class of astronaut candidates, free-flying robot assitants in space, and more!

Want to know how to build a spaceship? You’ll find the manufacturing process riveting on this week’s “Houston We Have Po...
01/14/2022

Want to know how to build a spaceship? You’ll find the manufacturing process riveting on this week’s “Houston We Have Podcast.”

🎧 | https://go.nasa.gov/3tIzb9h

Want to know how to build a spaceship? You’ll find the manufacturing process riveting on this week’s “Houston We Have Podcast.”

🎧 | https://go.nasa.gov/3tIzb9h

From 1986 to 1993, Aaron Cohen led NASA's Johnson Space Center as its director.During his tenure, Cohen oversaw dozens o...
01/12/2022
The Project Management Building, Home to the Center’s Directors Part 3

From 1986 to 1993, Aaron Cohen led NASA's Johnson Space Center as its director.

During his tenure, Cohen oversaw dozens of shuttle missions, including the deployment of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, the addition of Endeavour to the space shuttle fleet.

For employees, he's also credited with adding a childcare facility to the Houston NASA center.

This series of articles features the 13 unique individuals who have led NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston during the past 60 years and continue to lead us into the future of human space exploration.

How does NASA prep humans for future #Artemis missions? What's it like to travel into deep space without leaving Earth? ...
01/12/2022
Houston, We Have a Groundlink

How does NASA prep humans for future #Artemis missions? What's it like to travel into deep space without leaving Earth?

Got more questions? You can now ask the crew living & working inside HERA here on Earth through our Groundlinks program.

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Through a new program called Groundlinks, students can directly ask questions to crew inside the NASA’s Human Exploration Research Analog, or HERA.

Fiona Turett just became the 100th flight director in NASA history! She chose the callsign "Mosaic Flight" to reflect th...
01/11/2022

Fiona Turett just became the 100th flight director in NASA history!

She chose the callsign "Mosaic Flight" to reflect that working in Mission Control involves the contributions of many, and that its teamwork that makes human spaceflight possible.

Fiona Turett just became the 100th flight director in NASA history!

She chose the callsign "Mosaic Flight" to reflect that working in Mission Control involves the contributions of many, and that its teamwork that makes human spaceflight possible.

01/11/2022
NASA Knowledge - Songs in Space

From wakeup songs beamed to Mars rovers, to music videos created by astronauts, the playlist of songs in space is vast.

Do you know what was the first song broadcast from Earth orbit?

We're excited to welcome NASA's 10 new astronaut candidates to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Today marks day 1...
01/10/2022

We're excited to welcome NASA's 10 new astronaut candidates to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Today marks day 1 of a two-year training program to get them ready to become flight-eligible NASA Astronauts.

Who they are: https://go.nasa.gov/3osEoif.

01/08/2022
SpaceCast Weekly

On this episode of SpaceCast Weekly, we're talking about the International Space Station! NASA announced that we're extending space station operations through 2030. Also, we highlight just some of the top moments from the orbiting lab in 2021.

All of us earthbound citizens will get to experience the sight of the Earth and Moon during NASA Artemis missions thanks...
01/07/2022

All of us earthbound citizens will get to experience the sight of the Earth and Moon during NASA Artemis missions thanks to NASA’s Orion Spacecraft imaging systems.

Learn how we stream video and capture images from deep space on this week’s “Houston We Have Podcast.”
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All of us earthbound citizens will get to experience the sight of the Earth and Moon during NASA Artemis missions thanks to NASA’s Orion Spacecraft imaging systems.

Learn how we stream video and capture images from deep space on this week’s “Houston We Have Podcast.”
🎧 | https://go.nasa.gov/3F62MLB

01/06/2022

“I love taking a problem and figuring out how to navigate through it to find the best solution, given all the information and constraints available. That’s the essence of scientific investigation and the most rewarding part of my job.”

As a radiation scientist at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Shona “Robin” Elgart studies how space radiation affects the human body. #Artemis astronauts will be exposed to increased levels of radiation during trips to the Moon.

So we put a man on the Moon... What happens next?This is the question President Nixon asked the Space Task Group. Then, ...
01/06/2022
50 Years Ago: President Nixon Directs NASA to Build the Space Shuttle

So we put a man on the Moon... What happens next?

This is the question President Nixon asked the Space Task Group. Then, on Jan. 5, 1972, he directed NASA to develop the Space Transportation System, the formal name for the space shuttle, at their recommendation.

After the United States achieved President John F. Kennedy’s goal of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth, policymakers asked the question, after Apollo, what next?

New Year, new diet? 🥦In space, astronauts also commit to healthy eating. Some are even trying a diet packed with nutrien...
01/05/2022
Enhanced Diet May Help Astronauts Adapt to Spaceflight

New Year, new diet? 🥦

In space, astronauts also commit to healthy eating. Some are even trying a diet packed with nutrients like flavonoids and omega-3 fatty acids to see if such foods help astronauts better adapt to the stresses of spaceflight.

NASA scientists want to know: Could these enhanced diets help boost astronauts' immune systems and microbiomes? Learn more:

How does a diet purposefully packed with nutrients affect the immune system, the gut microbiome, and nutrition of astronauts? Researchers seek answers.

It's #NationalTriviaDay!Did you know? NASA isolates crew in ground-based habitats called analogs that simulate long-dist...
01/04/2022
Houston, We Have a Groundlink

It's #NationalTriviaDay!

Did you know? NASA isolates crew in ground-based habitats called analogs that simulate long-distance space travel right here on Earth.

You can send questions to our analog crews through Groundlinks! Learn more here: https://go.nasa.gov/3EVSbTA.

Through a new program called Groundlinks, students can directly ask questions to crew inside the NASA’s Human Exploration Research Analog, or HERA.

01/03/2022
Most Memorable Space Station Downlink Moments

What would you ask an astronaut living aboard the International Space Station?

Students asked astronauts some great questions in 2021. Can you arm wrestle in space? Can you grow a garden on the Moon? Check out some of our favorites!

Happy holidays from NASA's Human Research Program! Here’s the SIRIUS-21 crew, gathering to share a meal while they’re co...
12/31/2021

Happy holidays from NASA's Human Research Program!

Here’s the SIRIUS-21 crew, gathering to share a meal while they’re confined in their 8-month mission. From their table to yours, and from their mission to whatever yours may be: Best wishes for the new year!

📸 SIRIUS crew members from left to right: William Brown, Saleh Omar al Ameri, Ashley Kowalski, Oleg Blinov, and Victoria Kirichenko

Happy holidays from NASA's Human Research Program!

Here’s the SIRIUS-21 crew, gathering to share a meal while they’re confined in their 8-month mission. From their table to yours, and from their mission to whatever yours may be: Best wishes for the new year!

📸 SIRIUS crew members from left to right: William Brown, Saleh Omar al Ameri, Ashley Kowalski, Oleg Blinov, and Victoria Kirichenko

12/31/2021
NASA's Johnson Space Center Year in Review

As we look forward to ringing in the new year, we reflect back at just some of the accomplishments the team at NASA's Johnson Space Center saw in 2021.

We hope the new year brings even more milestones and discoveries as we continue to explore.

12/30/2021
NASA Knowledge - LCRD Data Rate

Your internet connection over fiber optic cable is as fast a data rate as there is... right? Not so fast, partner!

Do you know the data rate of NASA’s new Laser Communications Relay Demonstration? Test your NASA Knowledge!

Did you know? Inactive viruses in the human body can reawaken while in space.That's because white blood cells — the cell...
12/29/2021
Scientists Probe How Long-Term Spaceflight Alters Immunity

Did you know? Inactive viruses in the human body can reawaken while in space.

That's because white blood cells — the cells that fight off infection — aren’t always as efficient in protecting the body in space as they are on Earth.

A team of NASA researchers are examining blood, saliva, and other samples from astronauts to better understand how the immune system changes in space. Learn more about this study here: https://go.nasa.gov/3pRKQ1Q.

NASA scientists assess biological samples from astronauts on the International Space Station to gauge how long-duration spaceflight changes the immune system.

We are saddened to learn about the passing of Michael “Rich” Clifford on Dec. 28. Following his selection as one of our ...
12/29/2021

We are saddened to learn about the passing of Michael “Rich” Clifford on Dec. 28.

Following his selection as one of our NASA Astronauts in 1990, he flew three space shuttle missions in seven years, spending a total of 665 hours in space – including 6-hour spacewalk to install science experiments on the outside of space station Mir.

Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.
More on Clifford's career: https://go.nasa.gov/32JE4U3

We are saddened to learn about the passing of Michael “Rich” Clifford on Dec. 28.

Following his selection as one of our NASA Astronauts in 1990, he flew three space shuttle missions in seven years, spending a total of 665 hours in space – including 6-hour spacewalk to install science experiments on the outside of space station Mir.

Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.
More on Clifford's career: https://go.nasa.gov/32JE4U3

Santa Claus is coming to town – we saw him! 🎅The flight controllers in Mission Control detected Santa on their map. Take...
12/25/2021

Santa Claus is coming to town – we saw him! 🎅

The flight controllers in Mission Control detected Santa on their map. Take a peek at the big screen on the southern tip of Africa!

Did you know that Santa visits the International Space Station too? Our friends at NORAD track his visits to the orbiting lab each year!

Santa Claus is coming to town – we saw him! 🎅

The flight controllers in Mission Control detected Santa on their map. Take a peek at the big screen on the southern tip of Africa!

Did you know that Santa visits the International Space Station too? Our friends at NORAD track his visits to the orbiting lab each year!

12/24/2021
NASA Astronaut Raja Chari will Look for Santa from Space Station

Santa Claus will be traveling all around the world this Christmas, but so will our NASA Astronauts! Raja Chari is aboard the International Space Station orbiting the Earth, and he says he'll keep an eye out for Santa's sleigh – and try to catch a photo if he's lucky!

Brush up on your holiday space trivia! What was the first Christmas tree aboard Skylab made of? Which NASA Astronauts sp...
12/24/2021
Celebrating the Holiday Season in Space

Brush up on your holiday space trivia!

What was the first Christmas tree aboard Skylab made of? Which NASA Astronauts spent the first Christmas in space? In what year was the first Hanukkah in space celebrated?

Check out just some of the ways people have celebrated the holidays in orbit around the Earth!

The Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year holidays are typically joyful events spent with family and friends. Astronauts and cosmonauts who happen to be in space during the holidays have found their own unique way to celebrate the occasions.

On Nov. 14, 1981, space shuttle Columbia returned from its second trip to space. 40 years ago in NASA history, the agenc...
12/23/2021
40 Years Ago: Preparations for STS-3, Columbia’s Third Trip to Space

On Nov. 14, 1981, space shuttle Columbia returned from its second trip to space. 40 years ago in NASA history, the agency was already looking ahead to the shuttle's third flight.

Preparing for STS-3: https://go.nasa.gov/3qiZS0U.

Space shuttle Columbia returned from its second flight into space on Nov. 14, 1981. Eleven days later, the world’s first reusable spaceship arrived back at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) following a cross-country flight.

Where there are humans, there are microbes. Including the International Space Station!The space garden, Veggie, with its...
12/23/2021
Researchers Put Space Garden Microbes Under the Microscope

Where there are humans, there are microbes. Including the International Space Station!

The space garden, Veggie, with its root-mat and plant “pillows", can create a perfect home for microbes. To ensure the future of space gardening, NASA scientists are on a multi-year effort to map these microbes.

See what they've found so far!

NASA maps and tracks microbes on surfaces in the International Space Station, including on “Veggie,” the hardware that helps astronauts grow plants in space.

Your package has arrived, just in time for Christmas!The astronauts aboard the International Space Station received a sh...
12/23/2021

Your package has arrived, just in time for Christmas!

The astronauts aboard the International Space Station received a shipment of holiday goodies, along with scientific experiments and other essentials earlier this week.

The SpaceX Cargo Dragon spacecraft docked to the Harmony module's "chimney" at 3:41 a.m. EST on Dec. 22.

Flight controllers monitored the spacecraft's arrival from Mission Control, where each console donned a Santa hat!
https://go.nasa.gov/3H7L0Jr

Your package has arrived, just in time for Christmas!

The astronauts aboard the International Space Station received a shipment of holiday goodies, along with scientific experiments and other essentials earlier this week.

The SpaceX Cargo Dragon spacecraft docked to the Harmony module's "chimney" at 3:41 a.m. EST on Dec. 22.

Flight controllers monitored the spacecraft's arrival from Mission Control, where each console donned a Santa hat!
https://go.nasa.gov/3H7L0Jr

You followed along as new scientific experiments launched to and returned from the International Space Station all year ...
12/23/2021
What We Learned from the Space Station this Past Year

You followed along as new scientific experiments launched to and returned from the International Space Station all year long. So with astronauts performing research all throughout 2021, what has it taught us?

Check out just some of the highlights of research done in microgravity that contributed to findings in more than 400 scientific papers.

As the International Space Station enters its third decade of continuous human presence, the impact of microgravity research conducted there keeps growing.

12/22/2021
NASA Knowledge - Laser Communication

NASA’s always working on ways to provide better communications for space missions. Do you know the advantage of using a laser system over radio waves? Test your NASA Knowledge!

20 years ago, Sean O’Keefe became NASA's 10th administrator.During his term, he led the agency through the space shuttle...
12/21/2021
20 Years Ago: Sean O’Keefe Sworn in as NASA’s 10th Administrator

20 years ago, Sean O’Keefe became NASA's 10th administrator.

During his term, he led the agency through the space shuttle Columbia tragedy, the successful landings of rovers Spirit and Opportunity on Mars, and more.

Sean C. O’Keefe served as NASA’s 10th administrator between 2001 and 2005, during President George W. Bush’s administration. President Bush nominated O’Keefe to head the space agency and the Senate confirmed his nomination in December 2001.

🥁 Drumroll please! Announcing the 4 crew members for the Human Exploration Research Analog's (HERA) Campaign 6 Mission 2...
12/21/2021
NASA Volunteer Crew Soon to Begin Simulated Journey to a Mars Moon

🥁 Drumroll please! Announcing the 4 crew members for the Human Exploration Research Analog's (HERA) Campaign 6 Mission 2! They'll begin their simulated trip to Mars' moon Phobos on Jan. 28.

🧑‍🚀 Pietro Di Tilli
🧑‍🚀 Dragos Popescu
🧑‍🚀 Jared Broddrick
🧑‍🚀 Patrick Ridgley

Their mission will last 45 days inside HERA's small facility. Their goal? To help NASA scientists study the effects of isolation on crew behavior so that researchers can keep astronauts safe on future missions to the Moon and Mars.

Read more about this ground-based stellar crew.

Meet the new crew of NASA’s Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA). These four volunteers will live and work in HERA for 45 days starting Jan. 28, 2022.

55 years ago, NASA was two months away from the scheduled date of the Apollo 1 launch. The backup astronauts, newly assi...
12/21/2021
55 Years Ago: Two Months Until Apollo 1

55 years ago, NASA was two months away from the scheduled date of the Apollo 1 launch.

The backup astronauts, newly assigned to the mission, caught up on some training in the Gulf of Mexico, and vacuum chamber testing continued on the spacecraft.

In December 1966, preparations continued for the first crewed Apollo mission, officially designated as AS-204 but better known as Apollo 1, planned for launch in February 1967. In March 1966, NASA assigned spaceflight veterans Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom and Edward H. White and...

Learn all about the infrastructure, operations, and future of NASA Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) networks o...
12/17/2021

Learn all about the infrastructure, operations, and future of NASA Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) networks on this week’s “Houston We Have Podcast.”

📡 | https://go.nasa.gov/33EtJJs

Learn all about the infrastructure, operations, and future of NASA Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) networks on this week’s “Houston We Have Podcast.”

📡 | https://go.nasa.gov/33EtJJs

50 years ago in NASA history, the Apollo 16 mission was getting ready to launch to the Moon. The mighty Saturn V rocket ...
12/17/2021

50 years ago in NASA history, the Apollo 16 mission was getting ready to launch to the Moon.

The mighty Saturn V rocket rolled out to the launch pad as astronauts John Young and Charles Duke did field training in geology. Astronaut Thomas Mattingly prepared for the upcoming mission by training for his spacewalk.

More: https://go.nasa.gov/30ycsAt.

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