This Week @ NASA

Latest Edition of “This Week @ NASA” (Posted June 21, 2016)

Upcoming Activities and NASA TV Coverage

Monday, Jun 20


Annual Events


Tuesday, Jun 21


Wednesday, Jun 22



Thursday, Jun 23



  • 1 p.m. – ISS Expedition 48 In-Flight Event with Motherboard and the CBS Radio Network with ISS Commander Jeff Williams of NASA (Starts at 12:55 p.m.) (all channels)


Friday, Jun 24



  • 10 a.m. – Video File of the ISS Expedition 48-49 Crew’s Departure from the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia for the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan (Ivanishin, Rubins, Onishi) (all channels)


News Highlights


  • Aeronautics: The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Gizmodo published articles on NASA’s announcement of the X-57 aircraft, a new all electric plane that will demonstrate key engineering ideas that could be incorporated into the more ambitious carbon-free planes of the future. USA Today published a story on NASA air-traffic control studies for regulating drone use below 500 feet.


  • Earth: Popular Science included a NASA video that explains carbon dioxide cycling in the atmosphere in an article about record-breaking CO2 levels recorded by the NOAA’s Antarctica’s South Pole Observatory. TIME published photographs taken by NASA’s Aqua satellite of a huge dust storm billowing out over much of the Red Sea.


  • ISS: Over 200 articles—including pieces by Endgadget and Gizmodo—were published about the Saffire experiment conducted aboard an earth-bound Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft. The experiment will help NASA scientists understand how fire behaves in microgravity.


  • Mars: National Geographic, CNN and more than 100 more media outlets reported on the new collection of Mars recruitment posters developed by the Kennedy Space Center.


  • Solar System and Beyond: Over 50 articles, including articles by The Verge and The Huffington Post, reported on Juno’s upcoming arrival to Jupiter on July 4th. Vox and Reuters reported on the detection of asteroid 2016 HO3, a “quasi-satellite” that has been orbiting Earth for nearly a century.


  • Technology: Digital Trends reported on NASA’s Vascular Tissue Challenge for creatingphysiologically precise models of human tissue.


Press Releases & Web Features June 16 – June 24 (link)




NASA Electric Research Plane Gets X Number, New Name

June 17, 2016 – With 14 electric motors turning propellers and all of them integrated into a uniquely-designed wing, NASA will test new propulsion technology using an experimental airplane now designated the X-57 and nicknamed “Maxwell.”




Three Space Station Crew Return to Earth, Land Safely in Kazakhstan

June 18, 2016 – Three crew members from the International Space Station returned to Earth at 5:15 a.m. EDT(3:15 p.m. Kazakhstan time) Saturday after wrapping up 186 days in space and several NASA research studies in human health.


Solar System and Beyond


NASA’s Juno Spacecraft to Risk Jupiter’s Fireworks for Science

June 16, 2016 – On July 4, NASA will fly a solar-powered spacecraft the size of a basketball court within 2,900 miles (4,667 kilometers) of the cloud tops of our solar system’s largest planet.