Webb’s First Images, Next-Gen Spacesuits, and Lunar-Roving Robot

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An important target date for the James Webb Space Telescope

An update about the next generation of spacesuits ….

And testing our lunar-roving robot … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA!

First Full-Color Images Coming Soon from Webb Space Telescope

Our James Webb Space Telescope team is planning to release the telescope’s first full-color images and spectroscopic data on July 12. Some early test imagery has already demonstrated the unprecedented sharpness of Webb’s infrared view. But the images and data released on July 12 will be the first to showcase Webb’s full science capabilities.

Astronauts Working on Lunar Surface

An artist’s illustration of two suited crew members working on the lunar surface. The one in the foreground lifts a rock to examine it while the other photographs the collection site in the background. Credit: NASA

NASA Partners to Provide New Spacewalking and Moonwalking Services

On June 1, we announced that Axiom Space and Collins Aerospace will develop and provide next-generation spacesuit and spacewalk systems for astronauts to work outside the International Space Station, explore the lunar surface on Artemis missions, and prepare for human missions to Mars. Learn more about spacesuits and spacewalking at nasa.gov/suitup.

NASA VIPER on Moon

Illustration of NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) on the surface of the Moon. Credit: NASA Ames/Daniel Rutter

Testing NASA’s Resource-Hunting Moon Rover

Teams at our Glenn Research Center in Cleveland recently conducted full-scale egress testing with the prototype of our VIPER Moon rover to verify that it will be able to exit the Astrobotic Griffin lunar lander safely and effectively after landing on the Moon. VIPER is targeted for delivery to the Moon’s South Pole in late 2023 to map valuable resources for future Artemis missions.

Hurricane Larry

Hurricane Larry is pictured churning in the Atlantic Ocean as the International Space Station orbited 263 miles above. Credit: NASA

NASA Prepared to Monitor 2022 Hurricane Season from Space

The 2022 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season kicked off on June 1 and runs through November 30. NASA plays an important role in the science of hurricanes. Our fleet of Earth-observing satellites can monitor storms from the unique vantage point of space to collect data that is also useful for disaster preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery. Learn more at nasa.gov/hurricanes.

Apollo 1 Monument Dedication

The Apollo 1 monument at Arlington National Cemetery was dedicated on Thursday, June 2, 2022, in Arlington, Va. The monument honors and memorializes the Apollo 1 crew of Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White II, and Roger B. Chaffee. Family members of Apollo 1 astronaut Roger B. Chaffee were joined by NASA Administrator Bill Nelson as they placed flowers at the monument during its dedication. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Apollo 1 Monument Dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery

On June 2, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson and others attended the Apollo 1 Monument Dedication at Arlington National Cemetery, in Virginia. The monument honors and memorializes the Apollo 1 crew – astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee – and others who lost their lives in support of the agency’s mission of exploration and discovery.

That’s what’s up this week @NASA.

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