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NASA News – 2023.12.16

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On platforms suspended from the top of the 525-foot-high VAB, workers use rollers and brushes to repaint the U.S. flag on the southwest side of the Vehicle Assembly Building. The flag spans an area 209 feet by 110 feet, or about 23, 437 square feet. Each stripe is 9 feet wide and each star is 6 feet in diameter. The logo is also being painted. Known as the "meatball," the logo measures 110 feet by 132 feet, or about 12,300 square feet. The flag and logo were last painted in 1998, honoring NASA's 40th anniversary.

In 2023, the agency celebrated astronaut Frank Rubio as the first American astronaut to spend more than one year in space, delivered samples from an asteroid to Earth, and launched multiple initiatives to share climate data—all while continuing preparations to send the first Artemis astronauts to the Moon.
NASA 2023:Nothing is Beyond Our Reach 
“This year, NASA continued to make the impossible possible while sharing our story of discovery with the world. We’ve launched missions that are helping tell the oldest stories of our solar system (and) continued to safely transport astronauts to the International Space Station to conduct groundbreaking science. Our Earth satellites are providing critical climate data to all people. We’re making great strides to make aviation more dependable and sustainable, and we’re growing our commercial and international partnerships as we venture back to the Moon and on to Mars. NASA is home to the world’s finest workforce, and there is no limit to what we can achieve when we work together.” – NASA Administrator Bill Nelson
LOOK BACK
Record-Breaking Astronaut Frank Rubio
After spending an American record-breaking 371 days in space, NASA astronaut Frank Rubio departed the International Space Station on Sept. 27. While on the orbiting lab, Rubio and his fellow crew members conducted dozens of scientific investigations and technology demonstrations.
SCIENTIFIC HIGHLIGHTS
A Full Year, Across the Full Sky
From our cosmic backyard in the solar system to distant galaxies near the dawn of time, the James Webb Space Telescope has delivered on its promise of revealing the universe like never before in its first year of science operations.
LEARN MORE

NASA Video Series
Meet some of the engineers contributing to the Psyche mission—the first to explore a metal-rich asteroid, also named Psyche. The work of team members profiled in this series will help scientists understand the story behind this unusual asteroid.
WATCH

NASA Podcasts
Listen as Christopher Snead, advanced small particles lead, and Maritza Montoya, small particles processor, discuss what happens to the asteroid samples after OSIRIS-REx lands in Utah on Sept. 24. This episode was recorded on July 25, 2023.
LISTEN
The First Crew Under Artemis
In April, the four astronauts selected for NASA’s Artemis II mission were announced: Commander Reid Wiseman, Pilot Victor Glover, and Mission Specialist Christina Koch from NASA, and Mission Specialist Jeremy Hansen from the Canadian Space Agency. Artemis II will be NASA’s first crewed flight test of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft to verify today’s capabilities for humans to explore deep space and pave the way for long-term exploration and science on the lunar surface.While NASA is leading Artemis, international partnerships are a key part of advancing Moon to Mars exploration. In 2023, 10 additional countries signed the Artemis Accords, which lay out a common set of principles governing the civil exploration and use of outer space. So far, 33 countries have signed the Artemis Accords. 
MEET THE CREW
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NASA’s New Exhibit Showcases our Home Planet and Climate

Next Generation Experimental Aircraft Becomes NASA’s Newest X-Plane

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