NASA News and Topics
NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 Mission
NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission will be the first crew rotation flight of a U.S. commercial spacecraft with astronauts to the International Space Station. NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi are set to launch on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket. The astronauts named the spacecraft Resilience, highlighting the dedication the teams involved with the mission have displayed and to demonstrate that when we work together, there is no limit to what we can achieve.
With the Artemis program, NASA will land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024, using innovative technologies to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before. We will collaborate with our commercial and international partners and establish sustainable exploration by 2028. Then, we will use what we learn on and around the Moon to take the next giant leap which is sending astronauts to Mars.
Artemis Student Challenge – Almost a quarter of a million miles away from home, the Moon’s permanently shadowed regions are the closest extraterrestrial water source. We’ve selected eight university teams to build and test technologies capable of studying the Moon’s darkest areas.
Soak Up the Sun
Solar Orbiter, an ESA (European Space Agency) and NASA collaboration, launched last Sunday on a journey to study our closest star. In other Sun science news, our Solar Dynamics Observatory is celebrating a decade in space, keeping a constant eye on the Sun, studying solar activity and space weather.
Record-Setting Astronaut Returns to EarthAstronaut Christina Koch returned to Earth on Thursday, Feb. 6, after 328 days living and working aboard the International Space Station. She now holds the record for the longest single spaceflight by any woman.During her historic mission, Koch completed 5,248 orbits of Earth and a journey of 139 million miles, roughly the equivalent of 291 trips to the Moon and back. She took part in a number of long-duration spaceflight studies, helping advance our goals of returning humans to the Moon under the Artemis program and preparing for human exploration of Mars.This isn’t the first time this inspirational astronaut has made history. Koch took part in the first all-woman spacewalk alongside astronaut Jessica Meir.