Una nuova immagine del telescopio Webb mostra in anteprima la missione lunare Artemis I

In anteprima la nostra missione Artemis I sulla Luna…

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And an anniversary for one of our explorers on Mars … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA!

La NASA svela la missione sulla luna Artemis I

Abbiamo presentato in anteprima la nostra missione Artemis I senza equipaggio sulla luna in un paio di briefing. Il 3 agosto, i funzionari dell’agenzia del nostro quartier generale della NASA e di altri centri della NASA hanno presentato un “quadro d’insieme” della missione.

“Artemis I dimostra che possiamo fare grandi cose. Cose che uniscono le persone, cose che avvantaggiano l’umanità. Cose come Apollo che ispirano il mondo”. – Bill Nelson, amministratore della NASA

Questo è stato seguito due giorni dopo da una revisione approfondita del programma della missione e delle operazioni presso il nostro Johnson Space Center. L’agenzia sta attualmente puntando non prima di lunedì 29 agosto a un lancio del sistema di lancio spaziale per inviare la navicella spaziale Orion intorno alla luna e tornare sulla Terra. Artemis I si svolgerà tra circa sei settimane per testare i sistemi prima che gli astronauti volino a bordo della navicella Artemis II.

Cartwheel Galaxy (immagine composita NIRCam e MIRI)

Questa immagine di Cartwheel e delle sue galassie compagne è un composito della NIRCam (Near-Infrared Camera) e del Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) di Webb, che rivela dettagli difficili da vedere solo nelle singole immagini.
Questa galassia si è formata a seguito di una collisione ad alta velocità avvenuta circa 400 milioni di anni fa. Il Cartwheel è composto da due anelli: un anello interno luminoso e un anello esterno colorato. Entrambi gli anelli si espandono verso l’esterno dal centro di collisione come onde d’urto. Credito: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, Webb ERO Production Team

Webb cattura una nuova immagine della Galassia Cartwheel

Il telescopio spaziale James Webb della NASA ha prodotto questa nuova immagine dettagliata della galassia Cartwheel e di due galassie più piccole. La galassia Cartwheel, situata a circa 500 milioni di anni luce di distanza, è un raro tipo di galassia che gli astronomi chiamano “galassia ad anello”. Si pensa che la galassia Cartwheel sia stata una normale galassia a spirale come la nostra[{” attribute=””>Milky Way before a collision with another galaxy affected the Cartwheel Galaxy’s shape and structure.

NASA Curiosity Mars Rover 10 Poster

Stay curious with NASA and celebrate the agency’s Curiosity Mars rover’s 10th anniversary on the Red Planet with a two-sided poster that lists some of the intrepid explorer’s inspiring accomplishments. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

After 10 years on Mars, Curiosity Still Has Drive

NASA’s Curiosity rover is celebrating 10 years on Mars. The rover landed on the Red Planet at 10:32 p.m. PDT on August 5, 2012. Since then, it has driven about 18 miles and climbed more than 2,000 feet while exploring Gale Crater and the foothills of Mount Sharp. Most importantly, Curiosity determined that liquid water and the chemical building blocks needed for life were indeed present in this region of Mars for at least tens of millions of years. The Curiosity team now plans to have the rover spend the next few years exploring a new region, one thought to have formed as water was drying out, leaving behind salty minerals called sulfates.

NASA SpaceX Crew-5 Collage

A collage of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 from left to right, top to bottom: NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Koichi Wakata, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina. Credit: NASA

The Next Commercial Crew Launch to the Space Station

The launch of our SpaceX Crew-5 mission to the International Space Station is currently targeted for no earlier than September 29 from our Kennedy Space Center. NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina discussed their upcoming mission during an Aug. 4 briefing at our Johnson Space Center.

“We are coming together as a human race. And our mission onboard the International Space Station of developing this technology and research to benefit all of humankind is really what brings us together.” — Nicole Mann, NASA Astronaut

This is NASA’s fifth crew rotation flight to the space station with a U.S. commercial spacecraft.

NASA Nichelle Nichols

Actor Nichelle Nichols, who died July 30, 2022, didn’t just break new ground on “Star Trek” by playing one of the first leading recurring Black female characters on U.S. television. A decade after the show ended, she did the same for NASA, appearing in a promotional film aimed at recruiting women and people of color to apply to be astronauts, as she recounted in a 2012 visit to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The next astronaut class, appointed in 1978, included Guy Bluford, the first Black American in space, and Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. Credit: NASA

NASA Pays Tribute to Nichelle Nichols

NASA is remembering actor Nichelle Nichols, who passed away on July 30. She broke new ground on “Star Trek” in her role as Lieutenant Uhura, one of the first leading recurring Black female characters on U.S. television. Years later, NASA officials enlisted her help to recruit the first women and minority astronauts for the Space Shuttle Program. In a statement, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson noted that as we prepare to send the first woman and first person of color to the Moon under Artemis, NASA is guided by the legacy of Nichelle Nichols.

That’s what’s up this week @NASA

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