Status Report

Message From The Administrator: NASA Weekly Update – July 13, 2020

By SpaceRef Editor
July 13, 2020
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Our nation is once again looking to our agency as we prepare to launch a historic mission to Mars. I am confident our achievements will inspire the Artemis Generation to rise to the challenge of advancing science and technology in the 21st century.
  • Top News: Last Thursday, July 9, I signed the Joint Exploration Declaration of Intent (JEDI) with Minister Hagiuda of Japan. This agreement outlines our continued cooperation aboard the International Space Station and describes our international partnership for the Artemis program. Interagency team work across the world is vital to advance humanity’s exploration of space. 
  • Next Up: This Wednesday, July 15, I will speak virtually at the second annual John Glenn Memorial Symposium. Our agency is courageously tackling the scientific and technological challenges of aerospace advancement and the Artemis program. I am excited to share what we have already accomplished.
  • Shout Out: Important conversations on diversity and inclusion are happening all around the agency. Each team member of our agency is valued, and taking time to be reflective on how we treat one another will help eliminate conflicts, increase trust, and ultimately advance our collective excellence and performance. Thank you to Associate Administrator Stephen Shih and his team in the Office of Diversity & Equal Opportunity for helping to facilitate these conversations and their work on the NASA Unity Campaign.
The comet C/2020 F3 has been putting on quite a show these past few days. Nicknamed “NEOWISE” after its discovery in March by our space telescope, Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, there is still time to see it yourself in the early morning hours. I love this photo (below) captured by our headquarters team. Look closely at the top left-hand corner.
Ad astra,
Jim Bridenstine

SpaceRef staff editor.