Status Report

Message From The NASA Administrator NASA Weekly Update – July 6, 2020

By SpaceRef Editor
July 6, 2020
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I hope you all had a relaxing and safe Independence Day weekend. As our agency prepares to tackle many milestones and a historic mission this month, please continue to follow all appropriate precautions found on NASA People to help keep yourself and our team healthy.
·        Top News: Last week, the flight computers and avionics of NASA’s Space Launch System rocket’s core stage for the Artemis I mission were powered on and completed a thorough systems checkout. This assessment is the second of eight tests in the Green Run test series at Stennis Space Center
·        Next Up: NASA’s Science Mission Directorate will hold a virtual community town hall with Associate Administrator for Science Thomas Zurbuchen and other members of the Science leadership team at 3 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 9, to discuss updates on the agency’s science activities. Members of the science community, academia, the media, and the public are invited to participate by following this link. Participants can ask a question at the event by visiting this site.
·        Shout Out: Last Wednesday, astronauts Chris Cassidy and Robert Behnken completed their final spacewalk to finish scheduled maintenance on the International Space Station. This was the fifth spacewalk this year and the second for the Expedition 63 crew. Each spacewalk represents a massive amount of work by our astronauts and numerous individuals who worked to train, support, and advise them.
Each milestone reached on our SLS rocket testing and others across the agency during this pandemic demonstrates our team’s resilience and commitment. Let’s keep up the great work!
Ad astra,
Jim Bridenstine

SpaceRef staff editor.