This week @NASA: What was found in historical asteroid samples and launches – Issues.fr

A look at the exterior of the OSIRIS-REx sampler. A sample of material from the asteroid Bennu can be seen in the middle right. When scientists first analyzed this material, they found traces of carbon and water. Most of the sample is inside. Photo credit: NASA/Erika Blumenfeld and Joseph Aebersold

What NASA found in some historic asteroid samples…

Let’s talk about a record-breaking space flight…

And NASA’s Psyche spacecraft sails to study a unique asteroid…

Some Stories I Can Tell You – This Week at NASA!

Revealing historical samples from asteroid Bennu

On October 11, NASA unveiled 4.5 billion-year-old rock and dust samples from the asteroid Bennu that NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission recently brought to Earth at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Initial examinations of the sample show traces of water and a high carbon content – which could indicate that the building blocks of life on Earth could be found in the rock and dust.

NASA astronaut Frank Rubio, who returned to Earth on September 27 after 371 days in space, spoke about his historic mission at a press conference on October 13. Rubio broke the record for the longest spaceflight by an American astronaut during his mission aboard the spacecraft. He lived and worked on the International Space Station to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies for future human and robotic exploration missions in lunar and Mars exploration, including lunar missions as part of NASA’s Artemis program. Photo credit: NASA Johnson

Rubio talks about record-breaking space travel

At a press conference on October 13 at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (see video above), NASA astronaut Frank Rubio discussed his record-breaking 371-day spaceflight in the United States aboard the International Space Station.

“It makes you realize how unique our planet is. When you look at our planet and realize how perfectly it works to keep, you know, all 9 billion of us alive, it’s pretty incredible.

Extended spaceflights like Rubio’s could provide valuable data about the effects of long-term spaceflight on the human body – as we prepare to send humans back to the Moon as part of the Artemis missions to prepare for human exploration of Mars.

NASA’s Psyche spacecraft lifts off on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from historic Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 10:19 a.m. EDT on Friday, October 13, 2023. The Psyche mission will study an asteroid rich in metals in the asteroid belt of the same name in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. This is NASA’s first mission to study an asteroid that contains more metal than rock or ice. Riding with Psyche is a groundbreaking technology demonstration – NASA’s Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) experiment – which will be the first test of laser communications beyond the Moon. Photo credit: NASA/Kevin O’Connell

The spaceship Psyche takes off into a metallic world

“And take off!” Falcon Heavy and Psyche take off! »

Also on October 13, NASA’s Psyche spacecraft was launched aboard an EspaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

Psyche is on its way to a metal-rich asteroid of the same name. The mission could tell us more about the formation of rocky planets like Earth.

Watch a live broadcast recording as a “Ring of Fire” eclipse crosses the United States from Oregon to Texas on October 14, 2023. This event occurs when the moon passes directly in front of the sun but appears too small to completely cover the sun’s surface, resulting in what looks like a ring of fire in the sky. It is also called an annular solar eclipse. Everyone in the contiguous 48 states will have the opportunity to see at least a partial solar eclipse. Photo credit: NASA

NASA coverage of the annular solar eclipse

NASA hosted live coverage of the Oct. 14 annular solar eclipse starting at 11:30 a.m. EDT on NASA Television, the agency’s website and the NASA app. (See video above.)

NASA also streamed the coverage live on several NASA social media accounts.

Learn more about the October 14 annular solar eclipse and the next total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 at science.nasa.gov/eclipses.

That’s exactly what’s happening at NASA this week.