Next Element for Artemis I Moon Rocket Stacks up at Kennedy Space Center

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ABOVE VIDEO: Space-traveling astronauts work outside the space station, NASA’s new Deputy Administrator is sworn in and sets up another piece of our Artemis I Moon rocket… some of the stories to tell you – This week at NASA!

Spacewalks continue to install new solar panels for the station

On June 25, astronauts Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency conducted the third spacewalk in 10 days outside the International Space Station.

The pair worked to install and deploy the second of six new ISS deployment solar panels (iROSAs).

The panels will help increase the station’s total available power and are the same design of solar panels that will power elements of the agency’s lunar orbiting Gateway outpost.

Melroy was sworn in as NASA Deputy Administrator

“Me, Pamela Ann Melroy.”

On June 21, former astronaut Pam Melroy took up her duties as NASA’s new Assistant Administrator, after being sworn in by Administrator Bill Nelson during a ceremony at our NASA Headquarters building Mary W Jackson in Washington.

“I am very honored to team up with Administrator Nelson and our Associate Administrator Bob Cabana and the rest of the team at large. It is our intention, I believe, not only to lead NASA today, but also to lead us into the future and support the generations of fantastic things that NASA will continue to do. —Pam Melroy, NASA Deputy Administrator

“What a great opportunity for us and what a suitable candidate, now confirmed. And so we have someone extremely qualified, experienced, and ready for the job. — Bill Nelson, NASA Administrator

Melroy was appointed in April by President Biden and confirmed by the Senate on June 17. She is one of only two women to command a space shuttle and has spent more than 38 days in space as an astronaut.

Next Item For Artemis I Moon Rocket Stacks Up

Workers at our Kennedy Space Center stacked the launcher stage adapter on top of the space launch system or the center stage of the SLS rocket, ahead of the unmanned Artemis I Moon mission targeted for later this year. . The cone-shaped adapter connects the center stage and the interim cryogenic propulsion stage (ICPS), which provides the Orion spacecraft with the extra thrust needed to travel tens of thousands of kilometers beyond the Moon. Artemis I is the first integrated test of Orion and SLS before moon missions with astronauts.

Ocean observation satellite begins to provide scientific data

After several months of verifications and calibrations after its launch last November, the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich ocean observation satellite made its first scientific data available to the public on June 22. The satellite is a US-European collaboration to measure sea surface height and other key characteristics of the ocean, such as ocean surface wind speed and wave height, and makes part of a series of satellites that have been collecting precise ocean height measurements for nearly 30 years.

Funds granted to institutions serving minorities for ocean research

Cooperation agreements and funding have been awarded to 10 institutions serving minorities with projects that support NASA’s efforts to better understand the role of the oceans in the Earth system. The awards are presented through NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP), which is part of the agency’s STEM engagement office. It supports the training and development of students and teachers in institutions serving minorities in STEM fields.

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