Sat. Jun 15th, 2024
On platforms suspended from the top of the 525-foot-high VAB, workers use rollers and brushes to repaint the U.S. flag on the southwest side of the Vehicle Assembly Building. The flag spans an area 209 feet by 110 feet, or about 23, 437 square feet. Each stripe is 9 feet wide and each star is 6 feet in diameter. The logo is also being painted. Known as the "meatball," the logo measures 110 feet by 132 feet, or about 12,300 square feet. The flag and logo were last painted in 1998, honoring NASA's 40th anniversary.

In this week’s newsletter, NASA’s Boeing Crew Flight Test astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams have successfully docked to the International Space Station; this summer, astronomers around the world will be fixed on one small constellation deep in the night sky; and Hubble is transitioning to a new operational mode, enabling the spacecraft to continue exploring the secrets of the universe through this decade and into the next. Plus, more stories you might have missed.

Starliner Docks to Space Station

NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams, aboard Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, successfully docked at the International Space Station at 1:34 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 6. As part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program, NASA’s Boeing Crew Flight Test will help validate the transportation system, launch pad, rocket, spacecraft, in-orbit operations capabilities, and return to Earth with astronauts aboard as the agency prepares to certify Starliner for rotational missions to the space station.

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A Transition for Hubble

After completing a series of tests and carefully considering the options, the agency will transition its Hubble Space Telescope to operate using only one gyroscope. This change will enable Hubble to continue exploring the secrets of the universe through this decade and into the next.

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EARTH AND CLIMATE

Studying Earth’s Poles

The second of NASA’s PREFIRE (Polar Radiant Energy in the Far-InfraRed Experiment) satellites is communicating with ground controllers after launching on June 4. Data from these two shoebox-size cube satellites will better predict how Earth’s ice, seas, and weather will change in a warming world, providing information to help humanity thrive on our changing planet.

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SCIENCE

Finding T Coronae Borealis

This summer, astronomers will be fixed on one small constellation deep in the night sky: T Coronae Borealis. This binary system nestled in the Northern Crown some 3,000 light-years from Earth is comprised of a white dwarf—an Earth-sized remnant of a dead star with a mass comparable to that of our Sun—and an ancient red giant slowly being stripped of hydrogen by the relentless gravitational pull of its hungry neighbor.

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A Different Planet-Forming Environment

An international team of astronomers has used the James Webb Space Telescope to study the disk of gas and dust around a young, very low-mass star. These findings have implications for the potential composition of any planets that might form around this star.

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Here at NASA, we don’t take geology “for granite.” Enjoy this rock-solid episode of Surprisingly STEM and learn how exploration geologist Angela Garcia is training NASA astronauts to explore for the good of humanity.

NASA’s Deep Space Food Challenge kicks off its final eight-week demonstration this month, and a new crew from Ohio State University in Columbus is running the show.

On June 2, the agency’s Satellite Coastal and Oceanic Atmospheric Pollution Experiment research team, in partnership with the U.S. Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, took to the seas in the Gulf of Mexico for its second campaign to make surface-based measurements of air pollutants.

NASA HISTORY

From the Archives

In this image from June 2002, astronaut Franklin R. Chang-Diaz works with a grapple fixture during a spacewalk on the STS-111 mission to perform work on the International Space Station. The first spacewalk of the mission began with the installation of a power and data grapple fixture for the station’s robotic arm on the complex’s P6 truss. The fixture would allow the robotic arm to grip the P6 truss for future station assembly operations.
WHAT WAS THE STS-111 MISSION?

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One thought on “NASA News – 2024.06.08”
  1. Cool about the nova. The white dwarf is almost parasitic, stealing mass from its RG partner. Should be easy to see, near M13

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