NASA Overview Updated May 21, 2021

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

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February 2020 - June 2021

The agency that oversees US space exploration and aeronautics research

NASA opened for business on October 1, 1958, tasked with handling space exploration and aeronautics research in the United States. The agency currently leads an innovative space exploration program using both commercial and international partners. As a result of this partnership allows NASA to enable human expansion across the solar system. The lessons learned from this are also brought back to Earth to provide new information, technologies, and opportunities.

Arguably the largest ongoing space mission that NASA is involved in is the International Space Station (ISS). The ISS is a habitable modular space station involving five space agencies: NASA, Roscosmos, JAXA, ESA, and CSA. Construction of the orbital laboratory began on November 20, 1998.

NASA’s four enduring strategic goals are as follows:

  • Expand human knowledge via new scientific discoveries
  • Extend human presence deeper into space for sustainable, long-term utilization
  • Address national issues and catalyze economic growth
  • Optimize capabilities and operations

The Artemis Program

Currently, NASA’s major space exploration program is a daring adventure to return humanity to the Moon. The plan consists of the agency’s SLS rocket and Orion space capsule. The program originally started as a fully public program but has since switched over to using the growing commercial space sector to help develop parts of the program. 

NASA’s headquarters is located in Washington DC, and the current administrator is Bill Nelson.

NASA Stories June 14

United Launch Alliance loaded an Atlas V Booster and Dual Engine Centaur onto their Rocketship boat over the weekend. Its destination? Florida. This isn’t just any ordinary Atlas V though, this will be the first one to carry crew to space. The Boeing Starliner Crewed Flight Test (CFT) is still expected NET late 2021. However, a second Orbital Flight Test is needed.

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Today NASA and SpaceX announced a new launch date for the next crew rotation on the ISS this coming fall. The new date is due to “visiting vehicle traffic” with a few missions possibly taking place around the same time.

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NASA Stories June 12

NASA teams begin lift operations of the Artemis 1 Core Stage | Image Credit: NASA/Frank Michaux
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Stacking of the SLS Core Stage is well underway at this time with operations beginning on June 10th. This is a major milestone for the Artemis and SLS programs. The launch of Artemis 1 is currently NET November 2021, but this timeframe assumes no complications.

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NASA Stories June 8

NASA shares timelapse of SLS’s Core Stage prep work in Vehicle Assembly Building [Video]

NASA’s SLS Core Stage arrived at Kennedy Space Center in April and has been getting final checkouts done to it in the VAB since then. Now we are nearing the final lift to assemble it with the solid rocket boosters.

NASA Stories June 3

This week SpaceX is planning on launching their next Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station, this time it will be an uncrewed cargo resupply of food, equipment, and new science experiments.

Date: Thursday, June 3rd, 1:29 p.m. EDT

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NASA Stories June 2

The live blog has begun below.

It’s that time of year where the President’s budget requests to congress are being released. This means we are expecting a speech from the NASA administrator to go over this year’s NASA goals today.

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NASA Stories May 28

During a routine inspection on May 12th, astronauts noticed damage to one of Canadarm2’s boom segments. The damage, limited to a thermal blanket and part of the arms boom, is not expected to limit the arms operations.

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NASA Stories May 27

Mars Helicopter Ingenuity was originally expected to complete its campaign after just five flights. After extraordinary performance on in the initial flights, demonstrating the possibility of powered flight on Mars, NASA JPL decided to extend the campaign to gather more information.

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NASA Stories May 26

A new generation of lunar rovers under development by Lockheed Martin and GM could be used by Artemis astronauts to extend and enhance the exploration of the surface of the Moon.
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Today the two defense contractors announced they will team up to develop the next lunar rover for NASA’s Artemis program.

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NASA Stories May 22

The aging International Space Station has outlived its planned 15-year lifespan. As a result, the original solar panel arrays are show signs of degradation and will be supplemented by six new solar arrays.

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