Shining star cluster, Mars Rock and SpaceX Cargo Dragon

This September 1, 2021 image from NASA’s Perseverance rover shows a sample tube with its rock contents dug inside. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / ASU / MSSS

Mars Perseverance Rover collects rock sample

This Mastcam-Z image shows a sample of Martian rock inside the sample tube on September 1, 2021 – the 190th Sol, or Martian Day, of the mission. The image was taken after coring was completed, but before an operation that vibrates the drill bit and tube to clean the lip of the tube of any residual material.

The bronze colored outer ring is the drill bit. The lighter colored inner ring is the open end of the sample tube, and inside is a rock core sample that is slightly thicker than a pencil. Part of the tube serial number – 266 – is visible on the top side of the tube wall.

Additional images taken after the arm completed sample acquisition were inconclusive due to poor sunlight conditions. Another set of images with better lighting will be taken before sample processing continues.

Obtain additional images before sealing and storing ">March The rock sample is an additional step the team chose to include based on their experience with the rover’s attempt to sample on August 5. Although the Perseverance team is convinced that the sample is in the tube, images in optimal lighting conditions will confirm its presence.

A key focus of Perseverance’s mission to Mars is astrobiology, including looking for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the past geology and climate of the planet, pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith (shattered rock and dust).

Subsequent ">Nasa The missions, in cooperation with the European Space Agency, would send spacecraft to Mars to collect these sealed surface samples and send them back to Earth for further analysis.

SpaceX Cargo Dragon approaches the ISS

The SpaceX Cargo Dragon vehicle approaches the International Space Station for autonomous docking to the Harmony Module’s Advanced International Docking Adapter. Credit: NASA

Approaching the space station

In this image from August 30, 2021, the EspaceX The Cargo Dragon vehicle approaches the International Space Station for autonomous docking to the Harmony Module’s Advanced International Docking Adapter.

Johanna lucht

Credit: NASA

Johanna Lucht: Engineer extraordinary

According to, extraordinary means: outstanding or remarkable in a particular ability – an apt description of engineer Johanna Lucht.

“My ‘extraordinary’ is to find effective ways to improve the way we collect and evaluate aeronautical data,” said Lucht.

Lucht, who was born deaf, never thought she would work for NASA. Born in Germany, where resources for deaf people were limited at the time, Johanna developed an understanding of mathematics before acquiring the language. It was this passion for mathematics and her ability to take on challenges that led her to study computer science and paved her way to NASA. After an internship at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, she was offered a position.

In 2017, Johanna became the first deaf engineer to take an active role in a NASA control center during a crewed search flight. As a Flight Systems II Engineer, she was responsible for the observation and evaluation of data relating to the aircraft’s GPS and navigation systems, as well as in-flight data analysis, in order to monitor the performance of the aircraft in flight. She worked with an interpreter who passed the communications on to her and she excelled in that role. She believes the challenges she faced growing up as a deaf person in the hearing world partially prepared her for her role.

International Space Station Hurricane Ida

Hurricane Ida as a Category 4 storm is photographed near the Gulf Coast of Louisiana from the International Space Station on August 29. The Northrop Grumman Cygnus space freighter attached to the station’s Unity module is seen in the foreground. Credit: NASA

Hurricane Ida as a Category 4 storm

Taken on August 29, 2021, this image shows Hurricane Ida as a Category 4 storm approaching the southeast coast of Louisiana from the International Space Station. In the foreground, the Northrop Grumman Cygnus space freighter attached to the station’s Unity module.

Since this image was taken, Ida has been downgraded to a tropical depression.

Star cluster NGC 346

Credit: NASA, ESA and A. Nota (STScI / ESA)

Bright, hot and young stars shine in the Little Magellanic Cloud

The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), located 210,000 light years away, is one of the most dynamic and detailed star-forming regions in space. In the center of the region is a brilliant star cluster called NGC 346. A dramatic structure of arched, jagged filaments with a distinct crest surrounds the cluster.

A torrent of radiation from the hot stars in the cluster eats away at the denser areas, creating a fantastic sculpture of dust and gas. Particularly spectacular is the dark, pearly edge of the ridge, seen in silhouette by Hubble. It contains several small globules of dust which return towards the central cluster, like air socks caught in a gust of wind.

The energetic fluxes and radiation from hot young stars erode the dense outer parts of the star-forming region, formerly known as N66, exposing new stellar nurseries. The nebula’s diffuse fringes prevent energetic flows from flowing directly away from the cluster, instead leaving a trail of filaments marking the swirling path of the flows.

The NGC 346 cluster in the center of this image of the Space Telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope (often referred to as Hubble or HST) is one of NASA’s Great Observatories and was launched into low Earth orbit in 1990. It is one of the largest and most versatile space telescopes in use and features a 2.4-meter mirror and four main instruments that observe in the ultraviolet, visible, and near-infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. It was named after astronomer Edwin Hubble.
”>The Hubble Space Telescope contains dozens of hot, blue, high mass stars, more than half of the known high mass stars throughout the SMC galaxy. A myriad of smaller and compact clusters are also visible throughout the region.

Europa Clipper propulsion tank

Engineers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, prepare to insert a tank of propellant into the cylinder in the background to the left. The cylinder is one of the two that make up the propulsion module of Europa Clipper. Credit: NASA / GSFC Denny Henry

Preparation of the propulsion tanks of the Europa Clipper

Contamination control engineers in a clean room at Goddard Space Flight Center assess a propellant tank before it is installed in our Europa Clipper spacecraft. The tank is one of two that will be used to contain the spacecraft’s thruster. It will be inserted into the cylinder seen on the left in the background, one of the two cylinders that make up the propulsion module.

With an internal global ocean under a thick layer of ice, JupiterThe European moon might have the potential to harbor existing life. Europa Clipper will fly over Jupiter on an elliptical path, dipping close to the moon on each flyover to collect data. Understanding the habitability of Europe will help scientists better understand how life developed on Earth and the potential to find life beyond our planet. Europa Clipper is expected to launch in 2024.