NASAThe first asteroid sample return mission has returned to Earth…
A record-breaking ride into space for a NASA astronaut…
And NASA’s Artemis II mission is making preliminary progress.
Some stories to tell you – this week at NASA!
NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission lands
On September 24, the OSIRIS-REx sample return capsule — carrying rock and dust samples from the Bennu asteroid — made its historic return to Earth, marking the end of NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission.
“And the touchdown OSIRIS-REx Sample return capsule!”
The next day, the sample return capsule flew to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, where the sampled material will be maintained, stored and shared with scientists around the world.
Record-breaking NASA astronaut returns to Earth
The week saw another historic turn from space on September 27 by NASA astronaut Frank Rubio.
After a US record 371 days in space, Rubio landed safely in Kazakhstan with two crew members.
“Rubio’s record ride comes to an end.”
Rubio’s extended mission gives researchers the opportunity to observe the effects of long-duration space travel on humans.
Artemis II rocket and crew progress
Crews at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans structurally attach four RS-25 engines to the center stage of NASA’s Artemis II moon rocket.
Meanwhile, the Artemis II astronauts recently completed the first of the Integrated Ground System Experiments at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
The Artemis II flight test was the agency’s first crewed mission under Artemis to orbit the Moon and back.
A preview of the October 14 “Ring of Fire” annual eclipse
On October 14, an annual solar eclipse will cross the United States from Oregon to Texas. An annular eclipse is also called a “ring of fire” eclipse because the Moon doesn’t completely block the Sun — instead, it leaves a bright ring around the Sun. Learn more about eclipses at solarsystem.nasa.gov/eclipses.
That’s @NASA this week.