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America’s powerful new deep space rocket, NASA’s Space Launch System, will face harsh conditions and extreme temperatures in flight when launching NASA’s Orion spacecraft and potential cargo to lunar orbit, and for that, it’ll need strong protection. nasa.gov/exploration/systems/s

On April 8, the Robotic Refueling Mission 3 (RRM3) started experiencing issues powering up its cryogen coolers that maintain the temperature of liquid methane contained within the module. nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2019/

Our magnificent planet is always ready for its close-up. On Earth Day, April 22, NASA wants to see your take. nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-in

NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, along with crewmates Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) and Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, will discuss their upcoming mission to the International Space Station in a news conference at 2 p.m. EDT, Friday, April 19, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. nasa.gov/press-release/next-sp

NASA’s commercial partner Northrop Grumman is scheduled to launch its Antares rocket carrying its Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the international Space Station at 4:46 p.m. EDT Wednesday, April 17. nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-tv

NASA has selected SpaceX in Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the agency’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, the first-ever mission to demonstrate the capability to deflect an asteroid by colliding a spacecraft with it at high speed – a technique known as a kinetic impactor. nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-aw

Results from NASA’s landmark Twins Study, which took place from 2015-2016, were published Thursday in Science. The integrated paper — encompassing work from 10 research teams — reveals some interesting, surprising and reassuring data about how one human body adapted to — and recovered from — the extreme environment of space. nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-s-

When astronauts return to Earth, their carotid arteries, which carry blood to the head and neck, appear to have aged 20 to 30 years. nasa.gov/mission_pages/station

A Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft scheduled to liftoff on April 17 carries supplies and scientific experiments to the International Space Station. nasa.gov/mission_pages/station

NASA has awarded a contract to Minburn Technology Group in Great Falls, Virginia, for the procurement of Microsoft software, maintenance, and support. nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-aw

Smart spacesuits and solar surfing may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but they are just two of the technology concepts NASA has selected for further research as part of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program. nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-in

NASA successfully launched the Auroral Zone Upwelling Rocket Experiment or AZURE mission on April 5, 2019, from the Andøya Space Center in Norway. nasa.gov/image-feature/launchi

Astronauts on the International Space Station continue to sustain a high level of activity, following two recent spacewalks and the addition of new crew members in March. nasa.gov/mission_pages/station

A Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft scheduled to liftoff on April 17 carries supplies and scientific experiments to the International Space Station. nasa.gov/mission_pages/station

David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency completed the first spacewalk if his career on Monday, April 8, 2019. nasa.gov/image-feature/david-s

NASA will host a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, April 11, to share the results of a study – embargoed by the journal Science until that time – evaluating identical twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly. nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-ho

As exploration missions venture beyond low-Earth orbit and to the Moon — and eventually Mars — NASA must consider automated technologies to keep habitats operational even when they are not occupied by astronauts. To help achieve this, NASA has selected two new Space Technology Research Institutes (STRIs) to advance space habitat designs using resil nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-se

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will deliver a keynote address and speak to media Tuesday, April 9, during the 35th Space Symposium at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado. nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-ad

Astronauts Jim Buchli and Janet Kavandi are inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Class of 2019 during a ceremony on April 6, 2019. nasa.gov/image-feature/2019-as

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