Making progress on our Artemis Moon rocket, images from a close encounter with a Jovian moon, and a ring of fire for our Moon … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA!
Making progress on our Artemis Moon rocket. Images from a close encounter with a Jovian moon. And a ring of fire for our Moon. A few of the stories to tell you about This Week at NASA!
Stacking and assembly activities for the agency’s uncrewed Artemis I mission continue at our Kennedy Space Center.
These activities involve lifting the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket’s 188,000-pound core stage onto the mobile launcher, in between the two solid rocket boosters.
That will be followed by the stacking and integration of other elements, and eventually the addition of the Orion spacecraft.
The twin solid rocket boosters and the core stage will provide more than 8.8 million pounds of thrust during the launch of NASA’s next-generation Artemis Moon missions.
Our Juno mission sent back images after its June 7 flyby of Jupiter’s moon Ganymede, showing remarkable surface detail, including craters, distinct areas of dark and bright terrain, and features possibly linked to tectonic faults.
The flyby is expected to yield insights into the moon’s composition and makeup, including measurements of its radiation environment that could benefit future missions to the Jovian system.
Learn more about the mission at: nasa.gov/juno
On June 10, people across the northern hemisphere had a chance to experience an annular or a partial eclipse of the Sun.
Canada, Greenland, and northern Russia experienced an annular eclipse, during which the alignment of the Moon, Sun, and Earth are such that there appears to be a ring of fire around the Moon.
Elsewhere, including in parts of the eastern U.S. and northern Alaska, the Moon only blocked a smaller portion of the Sun.
Find out more about eclipses at nasa.gov/eclipse.