This Week @ NASA

Latest Edition of “This Week @ NASA” (Posted May 24, 2016)

Upcoming Activities and NASA TV Coverage


Monday, May 23


Annual Events


Tuesday, May 24


Annual Events


  • 10:00 am ISS Expedition 47 In-Flight Interview with CNN International and Christiane Amanpour with Flight Engineer Tim Peake of the European Space Agency (all channels)


Wednesday, May 25

Annual Events


  • 12:00 pm Former NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Talks About “#YearInSpace” Live from NASA Headquarters (Public and Education channels)
  • 2:00 pm The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Presents STEM in 30 – “Moon Rocks” (Public and Education channels)


Thursday, May 26


Annual Events

  • Birthday: Late Astronaut Sally Ride birthday (1951)


  • 5:30 am Coverage of the Expansion of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) at the ISS (Expansion scheduled to begin at 6:10 am; could begin up to 25 minutes earlier based on operational readiness) (all channels)


Friday, May 27

Annual Events


  • 10 am Video File of the ISS Expedition 48-49 Crew Qualification Training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia (Recorded on May 26-27; Ivanishin, Rubins, Onishi) (all channels)



News Highlights


  • Aeronautics: Popular Science and Slate published articles on hypersonic flight technology and its implications for air and space travel. The BBC published a story on NASA’s Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) project.


  • Earth: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Wisconsin State Journal reported on the Snapshot Wisconsin project, a collaboration between NASA, the University of Wisconsin Madison, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource. Spanish news agency EFE reported on the KORUS AQ mission over South Korea. UPI, Gizmodo, and The Weather Channel published articles about the NASA research into how fast New Orleans is sinking.



  • Journey to Mars: Many outlets shared the Hubble image of Mars, including NBC News,The Huffington Post, and The Washington PostThe Washington Post also published a piece about Administrator Bolden and Andy Weir telling us “exactly how we’ll get to Mars.” Deputy Administrator Newman talked about the Journey to Mars in a Facebook Live interview with CNN.



  • Solar Systems & Beyond: ABC News reported on images from New Horizons of an icy world beyond Pluto.  Popular Science published a story about the proposed extended mission for New Horizons. Business Insider and The Washington Postreported on NASA’s addition of 1,284 confirmed planets outside of our solar system, bringing the total number of confirmed exoplanets well above 3,000. Discovery News andGizmodo published articles on the findings that Europa’s oceans may share a similar chemical balance to oceans on Earth. Tech Times, Fox News, and the Orlando Sentinel were some of the outlets to report on the super pressure balloon launch and mission.




Press Releases & Web Features May 16 – May 20


Solar System & Beyond


Launch of First U.S. Spacecraft to Sample Asteroid Set for September, NASA Media Accreditation Open – May 20

NASA has opened accreditation for media to attend the September launch of the first U.S. mission to sample an asteroid. NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security – Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will travel to and collect surface material from the asteroid Bennu, and return it to Earth for study. (link)


International Space Station


NASA Televises, Hosts Events for Deployment of First Expandable Habitat on International Space Station – May 20

The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) will be deployed to its full size Thursday, May 26, and begin its two-year technology demonstration attached to the International Space Station. NASA Television will provide coverage of the expansion beginning at 5:30 a.m. EDT. (link)




NASA Invites Media, Social Media to June Deep Space Rocket Booster Test – May 18

Media and social media followers are invited to watch as NASA tests the largest, most powerful booster in the world for the agency’s new deep space rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), on June 28 at Orbital ATK Aerospace System’s test facility in Promontory, Utah. SLS and NASA’s Orion spacecraft will launch astronauts on missions to explore multiple destinations on the journey to Mars. (link)