Astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli is one of the real NASA astronauts whose life story contributed to the development of our fictional character, Commander Callie Rodriguez – the first woman to set foot on the Moon in our “First Woman” graphic novel series.
From the International Space Station, Jasmin introduces the brand new installment in the series, “Issue No. 2: Expanding our Universe” and shares her excitement for Callie’s new lunar mission.
Today we mourn the passing of Dr. Mary L. Cleave, scientist, engineer, and NASA astronaut who was veteran of two shuttle flights (STS-61B and STS-30).
Cleave was also the first woman to head NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.
We extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends. She was 76. Godspeed, Mary. 🕊️💫
Another day, another run 🧑🚀
NASA astronauts Zena Cardman and Nick Hague completed a spacewalk run at the Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL).
The NBL is the foundation for successful spacewalk preparation and teaches astronauts to perform on-orbit assembly and maintenance operations that are critical to future exploration endeavors!
Whether your turkey is secure on the dining table or floating around in space, Happy #Thanksgiving from our crew to yours!
Aboard the International Space Station, NASA astronauts Jasmin Moghbeli and Loral O’Hara along with ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Andreas Mogensen and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Satoshi Furukawa shared their thoughts about spending Thanksgiving in space and some of the foods they plan to enjoy while in orbit.
Happy thanksgiving from our astronauts to you! 🦃
At NASA, we are thankful for over 60 years of constant dedication from our phenomenal workforce who supports NASA’s mission daily, our Astronaut Corps and the resources we have to train them for human space exploration, and YOU for supporting our journey to explore further than ever before.
What are you thankful for?
What would you photograph on the Moon? 🌚
@thom_astro , Jessica Wittner one of @nasaastronauts candidates and Takuya Onishi from @jaxajp , tested a new Moon camera in the lunar-like landscapes of Lanzarote, Spain, during the Pangaea training programme.
One of their objectives was to choose the best lenses and settings for capturing images of the Moon. This task is crucial as astronauts will need to take detailed images of crystalline structures in rocks and capture lunar landscapes, all with the right exposure.
Thomas, who took over 380 000 pictures in space during his two missions to the @iss , emphasised the complexity of using cameras: “I spent a lot of time learning what you can do with the cameras available in orbit. It is not just point and shoot. On the Moon, just pressing the buttons in auto mode won’t be good enough”.
The challenges include operating the camera with the gloves on, dealing with very low light levels and managing big contrast between bright and dark sources.
However, in preparation for the upcoming #Artemis III lunar landing, continuous modifications will be made to the camera to develop the best possible product – a camera that will capture Moon pictures for humankind, used by crews from many countries and for many years to come.
📸 @europeanspaceagency / A. Romeo
Opening the hatch 🚪
@LockheedMartin and @NASA recently started a series of testing of the Orion Side and Launch Abort System hatches. The purpose of this testing was to simulate an emergency exit from the Orion spacecraft at the launchpad during the #Artemis II launch.
On Oct. 28, @Astro_Christina got firsthand experience operating the side hatch simulating an emergency egress opening. The test was completed successfully at the Lockheed Martin Waterton facility in Littleton, Colorado.
Image description: Astronaut Christina Koch smiles at the camera from inside of the Orion spacecraft. She is wearing an open astronaut helmet and orange gloves. The hatch of the Orion spacecraft is open revealing Koch, the interior of the spacecraft, and the inside mechanisms of the door.
Credit: Lockheed Martin
On Wednesday, two turtles took a walk in space. 🐢🐢
While spending 6 hours and 42 minutes outside of the @iss NASA astronauts @astrojaws and Loral O'Hara completed maintenance on the station that will aid additional solar array installations on future spacewalks.
EVA 89 marked the first spacewalk for this duo and the fourth all-female spacewalk in the station's history. 💫