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A virtual glimpse into our Artemis 1 mission, a key piece of hardware arrives for our Orion spacecraft, and a testing milestone for our Space Launch System rocket.

A milestone test for our Artemis Program, an update on our Commercial Lunar Payload Services project, and more honors for a NASA icon ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.

The latest about our new mission to Saturn's largest Moon, Launching new missions and landing astronauts ... on the same night! And ...restoring the glory to the Apollo Mission Control Room ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.

Building the international effort to go forward to the Moon, selecting new missions, and dropping a plane for safety ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.

What could be the first sound of a marsquake, helping astronauts bust the dust on future missions to the Moon, and celebrating our home planet ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.

An extended stay in space for one of our astronauts, a new resupply mission to the space station, and locating the universe's first type of molecule ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.

The plan to put humans on the Moon by 2024, wrapping up a series of spacewalks on the space station, and an historic first look at a black hole ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.

Accelerating a human return to the Moon, wrapping up testing of our Space Launch System rocket engines, and Curiosity captures eclipses on Mars ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.

Accelerating our return to the Moon, another spacewalk outside the International Space Station, and testing our Mars Helicopter ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.

A spacewalk outside the space station, testing a motor critical to the safety of Orion, and some surprising findings about asteroid Bennu ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.

Strong budget support for our Moon to Mars effort, a new crew launches to the space station, and training for Orion recovery ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.

Sending a helicopter to Mars, a busy week for our new Administrator, and showcasing how technology enables exploration - a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.

Vice President Pence swears in our new NASA Administrator, a Hubble anniversary flythrough of a nebula, and the smell in the clouds of one of our outermost planets - a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.

A new NASA Administrator is confirmed, our next planet-hunting mission launches, and the first 3-D microscopic image on the space station - a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.

A challenge for the next generation of explorers, an eye-popping virtual tour of the Moon, and introducing the public to a universe of discovery - a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.

Building the future of quiet supersonic flight, science and supplies delivered to the space station, and uncovering the farthest star ever seen - a few of the stories to tell you about, This Week at NASA.

A chance to send your name to the Sun, testing systems for our Orion spacecraft, and sizing up Earth, from space - a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.

Super Blue Blood Moon - a rare triple treat up in the sky, celebrating America's first explorer in space, and smoke and fire - another Space Launch System engine test ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.

The first space station spacewalk of the new year, launching GOLD to study Earth's near-space environment, and - read all about it ... there's NASA tech you probably use every day ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.

This Year at NASA

2017: A year of groundbreaking discoveries and record-setting exploration at NASA.

New data reveal that the interstellar asteroid that recently zipped through our solar system is rocky, cigar-shaped, and has a somewhat reddish hue.

On Nov. 1, Rep. Jim Bridenstine, the president's nominee to be the next administrator of NASA, appeared before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

On Oct. 26, Vice President Mike Pence joined our Associate Administrator for Science, Thomas Zurbuchen for a close-up view of the agency's Mars InSight spacecraft, during a visit to the Littleton, Colorado facilities of Lockheed Martin.

The Oct. 10th spacewalk outside the International Space Station was the second in less than a week by NASA's Randy Bresnik and Mark Vande Hei - and one of three U.S. spacewalks planned for October.

On Sept. 15, our Cassini spacecraft concluded its remarkable mission with a plunge into Saturn's atmosphere.

During the week of Sept. 5, spacecraft captured imagery of hurricane Irma as the storm reached category 5 status in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Aug. 21 eclipse across America generated interest and excitement far and wide. Our coverage of the historic eclipse - the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse for the U.S. in 99 years - was widespread ... Anchored from the College of Charleston, in South Carolina - we showed you views of the eclipse that only NASA could.

Natural phenomena such as the Aug. 21, 2017 solar eclipse can inspire awe, but scientists can also use eclipse-like events to learn more about the universe.

The Aug. 21 total solar eclipse across America is generating a lot of interest - and a lot of questions. You'll find answers to many of your eclipse questions at NASA's Eclipse 2017 website -- eclipse2017.nasa.gov.

Scientists are studying our closest Earth-size exoplanet neighbor - Proxima b - to determine if it's habitable.

Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot was in Kazakhstan on July 28 to observe the launch to the International Space Station of our astronaut Randy Bresnik with his crewmates - Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos, and Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency.

Our Langley Research Center officially celebrated its 100th anniversary on July 17. Groundbreaking took place on that date in 1917, for what is now known as Building 587 - the first aeronautical research laboratory erected in 1918 for NASA's predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA).

On July 10, our Juno spacecraft completed its 7th perijove - or close flyby of Jupiter. It flew directly over the planet's iconic Great Red Spot - about 5,600 miles above it.

Vice President Mike Pence spoke to employees on July 6 at our Kennedy Space Center in Florida, highlighting the public/private partnerships transforming the center into a multi-user spaceport, and changing the way we do business in low-Earth orbit.

President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order on June 30 to reestablish the National Space Council. To mark International Asteroid Day on June 30, we aired a special television program with information about the work our Planetary Defense Coordination Office and other NASA-funded programs do to find, track and characterize Near Earth Objects.

At the Newseum in Washington, we teamed with representatives from other federal agencies and science organizations to delve into the science behind the upcoming August 21 total solar eclipse, and provide details on how to safely view the once-in-a-century phenomenon.

This Week at NASA: Mid-Year at NASA

2017 is shaping up to be another year of unprecedented exploration, amazing discoveries, technological advances and progress in development of future missions - and we're just six months into the year. Here are some of our top stories of 2017, so far - Mid-Year at NASA.

Vice President Mike Pence helped announce America's newest class of astronaut candidates on June 7 at Johnson Space Center in Houston. The Vice President joined Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot and Johnson Center Director Ellen Ochoa in welcoming members of the 2017 class -- who were selected from more than 18,000 applicants

The first mission designed to fly directly into the sun's atmosphere - Solar Probe Plus has been renamed the Parker Solar Probe, in honor of University of Chicago physicist, Eugene Parker.

Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot discussed our Fiscal Year 2018 budget request on May 23, during his State of NASA address.

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has successfully passed the center of curvature test at Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Md.

On April 20, Expedition 51-52 Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA and Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos launched to the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz spacecraft, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Two long-running NASA missions are providing new details about ocean bearing moons of Jupiter and Saturn - further heightening scientific interest in these and other "ocean worlds" in our solar system and beyond.

NASA held a news conference April 4 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, with participation from NASA headquarters, to preview the final phase of the Cassini spacecraft's mission to Saturn.

On March 21, President Trump signed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017.

NASA conducted the latest successful test of the Orion spacecraft's parachute system on March 8 in the skies above the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.

NASA held a news conference Feb. 22 at the agency's headquarters to discuss the finding by the agency's Spitzer Space Telescope of seven Earth-sized planets around a tiny, relatively nearby, ultra-cool dwarf star.

NASA's Juno spacecraft made its latest close flyby of Jupiter Feb. 2 -- passing about 2,700 miles above the planet's clouds. This was the fourth close flyby since Juno began orbiting Jupiter last year on July 4.

When NASA's Commercial Crew Astronauts make their first trip to the International Space Station aboard Boeing's Starliner spacecraft, they'll be outfitted in new custom-designed spacesuits.

NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on Jan. 18, that global surface temperatures in 2016 were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880.

Outside the International Space Station, Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency conducted a spacewalk on Jan. 13, to complete an upgrade that included installing adapter plates and hooking up electrical connections for six new lithium-ion batteries, which were delivered to the station in December.

On Dec. 1, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden helped kick off a yearlong centennial celebration for the agency's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia with several events highlighting the work of the African American women of Langley's West Computing Unit.

The Expedition 50/51 crew, including NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, launched aboard a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Nov. 17 eastern time, to begin a two-day flight to the International Space Station.

NASA this month is scheduled to launch the first of six next-generation, Earth-observing small satellites.

During a Nov. 2 media event at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Administrator Charlie Bolden was joined by Goddard Center Director Chris Scolese and Senior Project Scientist, Dr. John Mather for an update on the James Webb Space Telescope, including a rare glimpse at the telescope's primary mirror.

On Oct. 23, Orbital ATK's Cygnus cargo spacecraft safely arrived at the International Space Station - six days after being launched on an Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, in Virginia.

On Oct. 19, NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and his Expedition 49-50 crewmates, Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko, of the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos, launched aboard a Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

An Oct. 11 opinion article written by President Barack Obama and published by CNN, outlined a vision for the future of space exploration.

Cameras outside the International Space Station captured views of Hurricane Matthew during several passes over the major storm, as it made its way north through the Caribbean Sea during the week of Oct. 3.

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden joined other leaders of the world's space agencies to discuss the latest technological breakthroughs and developments in space exploration at the 67th International Astronautical Congress, Sept. 26-30th in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The four spacecraft orbiting Earth in formation as part of NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission achieved a new record recently when the space between them was decreased from just over six miles to only four-and-a-half miles.

On Sept. 14, officials from the White House and NASA discussed the space agency's Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) during a televised event at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

On Sept. 8, NASA launched the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security - Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Outside the International Space Station, Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Kate Rubins of NASA conducted a spacewalk Sept. 1 to retract a thermal radiator, install the first of several enhanced high definition cameras on the station's truss and tighten bolts on a joint that enables one of the station's solar arrays to rotate.

The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft left the International Space Station on August 26.

Outside the International Space Station, Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Kate Rubins of NASA installed the first of two International Docking Adapters onto the forward end of the station's Harmony module, during a spacewalk on Aug. 19.

Two of the NASA astronauts training for the first flight tests for the agency's Commercial Crew Program visited with employees during an Aug. 11 event at Kennedy Space Center.

On Aug. 2, NASA's Associate Administrator for Aeronautics Jaiwon Shin, representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), aviation industry leaders and the academic research community participated in a workshop hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to discuss Drones and the Future of Aviation.

The 21st NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations got underway July 21 in the Florida Keys.

Forty years ago, on July 20, 1976, Viking 1 became the first U.S. spacecraft to successfully land on Mars. To celebrate the anniversary of the historic robotic feat and to highlight NASA's effort to send humans to Mars in the 2030s, Langley Research Center, in Hampton, Virginia hosted a two-day "Viking at 40" event.

The Expedition 48/49 crew that launched July 7 from Kazakhstan arrived as scheduled at the International Space Station July 9 Eastern time.

After an almost five-year journey to Jupiter, NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully settled into orbit around our solar system's largest planet on July 4 - giving Juno team members yet another reason to celebrate on America's birthday.

On June 28, the booster for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket was fired up for a major two-minute full-duration qualification ground test at Orbital ATK Propulsion Systems' test facilities in Promontory, Utah.

NASA announced June 20, astronomers have discovered the youngest fully formed exoplanet ever detected.

On June 17, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden gave the keynote address at the Aviation 2016 conference in Washington.