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.
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.
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.
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 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.