This Week @ NASA

Latest Edition of “This Week @ NASA” (Posted June 29, 2016)

Upcoming Activities and NASA TV Coverage

Wednesday, Jun 29


Annual Events


Thursday, Jun 30



Annual Events


  • 12:30 p.m., Thursday, June 30 – ISS Expedition 48 In-Flight Educational Event with the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, Illinois and ISS Commander Jeff Williams of NASA (starts at 12:35 p.m.) (NTV-1 (Public), NTV-3 (Media))
  • 1 p.m., Thursday, June 30 – NASA Science Briefing on the Juno Orbital Insertion at Jupiter (all channels)
  • 3 p.m., Thursday, June 30 – Video File of the ISS Expedition 48-49 Crew’s Pre-Launch Activities at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan (Ivanishin, Rubins, Onishi; recorded from June 24-30) (NTV-1 (Public), NTV-3 (Media))


Friday, Jul 1


Annual Events


  • 1 a.m., Friday, July 1 – Coverage of the ISS Progress 62 Undocking and Redocking Rendezvous System Test (Undocking scheduled at 1:36 a.m. ET; redocking scheduled at 2:10 a.m. ET) (starts at 1:15 a.m.) (NTV-1 (Public), NTV-3 (Media))


Saturday, Jul 2


  • Administrator Bolden speaks in New Orleans at the 2016 Essence Festival, a priority public outreach event for the Agency


News Highlights


  • Aeronautics: The Washington Post and Bloomberg reported on the Obama administration’s announcement of a new federal initiative with NASA, the FAA, and other government agencies to study how to broaden drone uses for tasks such as disaster response and environmental monitoring. Over 140 articles, including pieces by CNN, Popular Science, and The New York Times, were written about NASA’s Maxwell electric research plane, a new experimental small aircraft that could help push electric-powered aviation to become commercially viable.


  • Earth: The Huffington Post and National Geographic wrote pieces on NASA’s new Coral Reef Airborne Laboratory (CORAL) field campaign, a three-year project to study the Pacific Oceans coral reefs by aircraft from 23,000 feet above the ocean. The Washington Post reported on NASA and Columbia University’s Earth Institute climate study showing that five centuries have passed since California has been as dry as it currently is. Gizmodo reported on the use of NASA’s Grace Satellite to study the “Rossby Whistle”, a low frequency sound emitted by basin of Caribbean Sea.


  • ISS: Over 110 articles, including pieces by USA Today and ABC News, covered NASA’s Spacecraft Fire Experiment aboard an Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft. The experiment, known as Saffire, will help scientists explore space fires and improve spacecraft safety. Over 120 articles, including pieces by TechCrunch, The Verge, and Engadget were written about NASA’s new Apple TV app which will provide high-definition versions of NASA TV, on-demand NASA videos, 3D satellite tracking maps, and real-time views of the Earth from the International Space Station.


  • Mars: Popular Science reported on the Orion program. CNBC reported on NASA’s posters advertising jobs on Mars.


  • Solar System and Beyond: Engadget and The Washington Post published stories on the discovery of Venus’ massive electrical field (five times larger than Earth’s), which creates winds strong enough to strip the atmosphere of water. The Verge, USA Today, and Mashable reported on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope discovery of a brand-new “dark vortex” in Neptune’s atmosphere. ABC News, Engadget, and The Washington Post reported on NASA’s discovery of the youngest, fully formed exoplanet ever observed, located 500 light-years from Earth in the K2–33 star system.


  • Technology: Engadget reported on the Restore-L Mission which will develop and launch a robotic spacecraft that can refuel and do maintenance work on satellites already in orbit, by 2020.


Press Releases & Web Features June 21 – June 27 (link)




NASA TV to Air Russian Cargo Ship Movement at Space Station

June 24, 2016 – A Russian cargo ship currently docked to the International Space Station will undock for a short test flight on Friday, July 1. NASA Television coverage will begin at 1:15 a.m. EDT.


Next SpaceX Commercial Cargo Launch Now No Earlier Than July 18

June 21, 2016 – The next SpaceX commercial cargo resupply services mission for NASA to the International Space Station now is targeted for launch no earlier than 12:45 a.m. EDT Monday, July 18.


Solar System and Beyond


NASA Extends Hubble Space Telescope Science Operations Contract

June 23, 2016 – NASA is contractually extending science operations for its Hubble Space Telescope an additional five years. The agency awarded a sole source contract extension Thursday to the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy for continued Hubble science operations support at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore.




Transportation Department, NASA, Partners Open Aviation Test Lab

June 24, 2016 – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden today marked the official opening of a new airspace technology demonstration laboratory at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Bolden and Foxx to Announce New Technology at Charlotte Airport

June 22, 2016 – NASA, the FAA, American Airlines the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) and the Charlotte Douglas International Airport are collaborating on a five-year effort to streamline aircraft arrival, departure and airport surface operations; research and testing will be led out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina.




NASA to Discuss, Broadcast Booster Test for Space Launch System Rocket

June 23, 2016 – The booster for the world’s most powerful rocket, NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), which will power the agency’s astronauts on the journey to Mars, will fire up for a major ground test at 10:05 a.m. EDT (8:05 a.m. MDT) Tuesday, June 28, at Orbital ATK Propulsion Systems’ test facilities in Promontory, Utah.




NASA Brings Journey to Mars and Beyond to ESSENCE Festival

June 24, 2016 – Visitors to the 2016 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans will have a chance to explore the universe through a range of activities, including first-ever festival stage presentations, during NASA Week, a celebration of space exploration to be held June 29-July 3, in conjunction with ESSENCE Festival, which begins June 30.


NASA Uploads App for Apple TV

June 21, 2016 – Apple TV? There’s a NASA app for that.