Le télescope spatial Webb atteint l’étape de l’alignement, mise à niveau des panneaux solaires de la station spatiale [Video]

Le télescope spatial Webb atteint l'étape de l'alignement et la mise à niveau des panneaux solaires de la station spatiale.

Préparation de la station spatiale pour la mise à niveau des panneaux solaires …

Déploiement de l’engin spatial pour notre mission Artemis I …

Et l’équipe du télescope spatial Webb atteint une nouvelle étape importante … quelques-unes des histoires à vous raconter – This Week at NASA!

Préparation de la station spatiale pour la mise à niveau des panneaux solaires

Le 15 mars, les astronautes de la NASA Kayla Barron et Raja Chari ont effectué une sortie dans l’espace de 6 heures et 54 minutes à l’extérieur de la Station spatiale internationale afin de préparer la station pour les prochaines améliorations des panneaux solaires. Mise à niveau des panneaux solaires. Ils ont construit un support sur lequel sera monté le futur panneau solaire déployé de l’ISS ou iROSA. Jusqu’à présent, deux des six iROSA ont été déployés sur la station, les quatre autres devant être livrés lors de missions futures. Les panneaux permettront d’augmenter la puissance totale disponible de la station de 160 kilowatts à 215 kilowatts.

Lancement de notre fusée lunaire Artemis I

Le 17 mars, les équipes du Centre spatial Kennedy ont commencé le déploiement du système de lancement spatial ou SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft for our upcoming Artemis I Moon mission. After the 4-mile journey from Kennedy’s Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39B, the integrated SLS rocket and Orion will eventually undergo a final prelaunch test known as the wet dress rehearsal. This involves loading the rocket’s fuel tanks with propellant and conducting a launch countdown. The primary goals for Artemis I are to demonstrate Orion’s systems in a spaceflight environment and ensure a safe re-entry, descent, splashdown, and recovery ahead of the first flight with astronauts on Artemis II.

Webb Space Telescope Reaches Alignment Milestone

Our James Webb Space Telescope team has reached another milestone in the critical process of aligning the telescope’s mirrors. After completing “fine phasing,” a key alignment stage in the commissioning of Webb’s Optical Telescope Element, they found that every optical parameter that has been checked and tested is performing at, or above, expectations. Although there are months to go before Webb ultimately delivers its new view of the cosmos, reaching this milestone means the team is confident that Webb’s first-of-its-kind optical system is working as well as possible. Learn more about the Webb mission at webb.nasa.gov.

NASA Extends Ingenuity Helicopter’s Mission

Flight operations for our Ingenuity Mars Helicopter have been extended through September. In the months ahead, Ingenuity, the first aircraft to operate from the surface of another world, will support our Perseverance rover’s exploration of Jezero Crater. Ingenuity’s mission extension comes on the heels of the technology demonstration’s 21st successful flight on the Red Planet, since April 2021. It was originally expected to attempt just up to 5 flights in 30 Martian days.

New Dish for Communications with Deep Space Missions

Deep Space Station 53, or DSS-53, is the newest member of our Deep Space Network. This family of giant antennas enables engineers and scientists on Earth to communicate with a growing number of spacecraft exploring our solar system. The 111-foot DSS-53 antenna is now operational at the network’s facility outside Madrid, Spain, one of three such ground stations around the globe. NASA officials and dignitaries from Spain and the U.S. attended an inauguration ceremony to mark the antenna’s debut.

That’s what’s up this week @NASA.

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