In this week’s newsletter, view the arresting, ethereal beauty of the Pillars of Creation in a new visualization; see how the agency’s Juno probe uses infrared light to discover fire-breathing lakes on Jupiter’s moon Io; and look back at this week’s successful launch of the fourth and final satellite in a series of advanced weather satellites for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


Pillars of Creation Star in New Visualization

Made famous in 1995 by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, the Pillars of Creation in the heart of the Eagle Nebula have captured imaginations worldwide with their arresting, ethereal beauty. Now, the agency has released a new 3D visualization of these towering celestial structures using data from the Hubble and James Webb space telescopes. This is the most comprehensive and detailed multiwavelength movie of these star-birthing clouds.



Fire-Breathing Lakes

New findings from the Juno probe provide a fuller picture of how widespread the lava lakes are on Jupiter’s moon Io are and include first-time insights into the volcanic processes at work there. These results come courtesy of Juno’s Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper instrument, contributed by the Italian Space Agency, which “sees” in infrared light.



Growing Habitats in Space

As NASA prepares for long-duration missions to the Moon and Mars for the benefit of all, a habitat-growing concept selected by the agency could help “grow” homes using fungi for future explorers.



Reviving SHERLOC

After six months of effort, an instrument that helps the Perseverance Mars rover look for potential signs of ancient microbial life has come back online. Mounted on the rover’s robotic arm, SHERLOC uses two cameras and a laser spectrometer to search for organic compounds and minerals in rocks that have been altered in watery environments.



A Phosphate Surprise

The OSIRIS-REx Sample Analysis Team has found that the dust of asteroid Bennu is rich in carbon and nitrogen, as well as organic compounds, all of which are essential components for life as we know it. The sample also contains magnesium and sodium phosphate, which surprised the research team. Their presence in the sample hints that the asteroid could have splintered off from a long-gone, tiny, primitive ocean world.



NOAA GOES-U Begins Its Science Mission

NASA successfully launched the fourth and final satellite in the current series of advanced weather satellites for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at 5:26 p.m. EDT Tuesday, June 25. The GOES-U (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite) will benefit the nation by providing continuous coverage of weather and hazardous environmental conditions across much of the Western Hemisphere.

In addition to its critical role in terrestrial weather prediction, the GOES constellation of satellites helps forecasters predict space weather near Earth that can interfere with satellite electronics, GPS, and radio communications. The GOES-U satellite goes beyond the capabilities of its predecessors with a new space weather instrument, the Compact Coronograph-1, which blocks the Sun’s bright light so scientists can observe the relatively fainter solar atmosphere.


More NASA News

On Wednesday, June 26, NASA announced SpaceX has been selected to develop and deliver the U.S. Deorbit Vehicle that will provide the capability to deorbit the International Space Station and ensure the avoidance of risk to populated areas.

NASA has selected 12 participating scientists to join the European Space Agency's Hera mission, which will study the binary asteroid system Didymos, including the moonlet Dimorphos, which was impacted by NASA’s DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) spacecraft on Sept. 26, 2022.

Six adapters for the next of NASA’s Space Launch System rockets for Artemis II through Artemis IV are currently at Marshall Space Flight Center. Engineers are analyzing data and applying lessons learned from extensive in-house testing and the successful uncrewed Artemis I test flight to improve future iterations of the rocket.


From the Archives

One of the most iconic images from the Apollo 11 mission is of Buzz Aldrin saluting the American flag on the surface of the Moon. The decision to plant the American flag on the Moon was made rather late in the lead-up to the mission. Robert L. Gilruth, director of the Manned Spacecraft Center, now the Johnson Space Center in Houston, selected Jack A. Kinzler, chief of the Technical Services Division, to design a flag and mechanism to allow it to “fly” in the airless lunar environment. With less than three months before the first Moon landing flight, Kinzler, assisted by Deputy Division Chief David L. McCraw, designed the mechanism in just a few days. The flag itself was a standard 3-by-5-foot nylon flag, with the only modification being a hem sewed along its top edge to allow a metal rod to slide through—that gave the flag rigidity in the windless environment so that it appeared to wave.


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