Status Report

Message From The Administrator: NASA Weekly Update – April 27, 2020

By SpaceRef Editor
April 27, 2020
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NASA’s can-do spirit is inspiring and providing hope to America during this pandemic. I cannot be more proud of our agency’s response to this unprecedented health emergency. The many selfless and compassionate efforts by our team to help our nation confront the challenges of the coronavirus are extraordinary.
  • Top News: Last week, I was honored to report to President Trump all the amazing and innovative ways our agency is helping to combat the coronavirus. It truly is remarkable what a dedicated team of scientists and engineers can come up with, even when working from home. 
  • Next Up: This week I am excited to provide an update on the agency’s Artemis program, including announcing the companies selected to develop a human landing system. This Thursday, April 30, at 1 p.m. EDT, NASA Television will air a message from senior leadership and myself on how human exploration of the Moon will prepare the agency for missions to Mars. 

  • Shout Out: NASA interns are a special part of our agency team, and this year’s spring interns have played an integral role during this challenging time. Although the pandemic disrupted many of their onsite internships, over 500 interns continued to assist us through teleworking. Their commitment to our mission is inspiring. Tomorrow, April 28, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy will conduct a special downlink from the International Space Station for our interns. The broadcast will be aired on NASA TV at 12:05 p.m. EDT.
Our agency has infinite opportunities to inspire and provide hope to a world in crisis. NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy, Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir filmed a segment on the space station that was featured last week on John Krasinski’s Youtube series, “Some Good News.” Millions viewed this video below (link here), not because they haven’t seen astronauts in space before, but because astronauts in space remind humanity of the amazing things we are capable of doing.  
Ad astra,
Jim Bridenstine

SpaceRef staff editor.