Status Report

NASA Weekly Update from the Administrator – June 22, 2020

By SpaceRef Editor
June 22, 2020
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We’ve updated the NASA People Coronavirus website to make it a better resource for you. The redesign contains important information to navigate through these difficult times, including the status of each NASA center, health and safety, teleworking, information technology, travel, leave and pay, and the agency’s approach to increasing on-site work. Please familiarize yourself with this new site and return to it regularly for the latest information.
  • Top News: This is the last week to submit your ideas for how digital transformation can enhance operations at NASA. I encourage all NASA employees to participate in the latestNASA@WORK challenge related to this effort. Some ideas you propose will be chosen for a NASA digital transformation hackathon this fall that will allow for rapid planning or prototyping solutions.
  • Next Up: This Friday, June 26, astronauts Chris Cassidy and Bob Behnken will conduct the first of two spacewalks to install new lithium-ion batteries on the outside of the International Space StationNASA TV will cover it live beginning at 6 a.m. EDT.
  • Shout Out: Last week, I joined U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen on a virtual event to discuss how New Hampshire small businesses are supporting the Artemis program. The fantastic work by Associate Administrator for Small Business Programs, Glenn Delgado, and his team is enabling us to utilize the talents and skills of all of America. You can view our discussion here.
Discoveries (illustration below) using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory could help us answer questions regarding the state of our Sun in its earliest stages. We truly live in an era of unparalleled discovery and learning. My passion for discovery and exploration increases with every new bit of information we learn about our cosmic neighborhood.
Ad astra,
Jim Bridenstine

SpaceRef staff editor.