Meet the Burmese American who led NASA’s flight on Mars

MiMi Aung is no stranger to historic firsts. She was raised in Burma, where her mother was the first woman in the country to earn a doctorate in mathematics. On April 19, Aung served as team lead for NASA’s first helicopter flight on Mars. It “was an incredible moment,”   Aung said of Ingenuity’s 39-second flight , which is drawing comparisons to ...
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Biden is committed to NASA’s Artemis program for the moon and beyond

President Biden is committed to NASA’s multilateral mission to return to the moon and send astronauts to Mars. “Through the Artemis program, the United States government will work with industry and international partners to send astronauts to the surface of the moon,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said February 4, announcing the Biden administration’s ...
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Who names NASA’s Mars rovers?

When NASA engineers need a name for a robotic Mars “rover,” they know where to find creativity. They turn to America’s young people. More than 28,000 students — from kindergarten through 12th grade — submitted names for the rover that landed on Mars last month. It was Alex Mather, a Virginia seventh-grader, who won the ...
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International partners empower NASA’s mission on Mars

By Leigh Hartman When NASA’s Perseverance rover searches Mars for signs of ancient life it uses technology from partner nations across Europe. The 2,260-pound (1,025-kilogram) rover is armed with imaging and sensor equipment from France, Italy, Spain and Norway. “It’s on a mission of exploration, with elements contributed by our European partners to seek evidence ...
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Remarks by President Biden in a Call to Congratulate the NASA JPL Perseverance Team on the Successful Mars Landing

5:04 P.M. EST DR. WATKINS:  Mr. President? THE PRESIDENT:  Yes. DR. WATKINS:  This is Mike Watkins at JPL. THE PRESIDENT:  Hey, Mike.  How are ya? DR. WATKINS:  I want to thank you so much.  We are very well, especially after the — after February 18th. THE PRESIDENT:  I tell you what: You did an incredible ...
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How NASA fights climate change from space

By Leigh Hartman The U.S. agency that explores outer space is aiding the global fight against climate change. With more than two dozen satellites and other measuring tools, NASA collects massive amounts of environmental data on everything from air pollution to global temperatures. Scientists use that information to better understand climate change and how to slow it. ...
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Meet the next astronauts to land on the moon

By  Noelani Kirschner The newly announced members of the Artemis Team — the next astronaut missions to the moon — reflect the diversity of and range of opportunity in the United States. Of the nearly 20 astronauts announced, half are women and people of color. NASA announced its latest selection of 18 elite astronauts — all of ...
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NASA launches U.S.-European satellite mission to monitor global sea levels

A joint U.S.-European satellite mission will collect valuable information about rising sea levels. The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite — named for the former director of NASA’s Earth Science Division — launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on November 21. “The Earth is changing, and this satellite will help deepen our understanding of how,”  said Karen St. Germain ...
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U.S., allies pledge to cooperate in space exploration

The United States and its international partners are ensuring that future space exploration is peaceful, sustainable and beneficial to all. On October 13, the United States and seven other nations signed the Artemis Accords, guiding principles for NASA’s Artemis program, which aims to land the first woman and next man on the moon by 2024. ...
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In historic contact, NASA spacecraft touches asteroid

A NASA spacecraft touched an asteroid with a robotic arm, a first-ever achievement for the agency that may offer a glimpse into the early solar system. NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft  extended its robotic arm and touched Bennu  on October 20, taking samples from the ancient asteroid currently located 321 million kilometers from Earth. NASA says ...
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Celebrate Space Exploration Day with a look at the 1st lunar landing [photo gallery] (July 20)

Celebrate Space Exploration Day with a look at the 1st lunar landing [photo gallery] (July 20)   Celebrate Space Exploration Day by looking up at the sky on July 20 and reflecting on human achievements in space and  all that’s to come . On July 20, 1969, U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to ...
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Presidential Message on Space Exploration Day, 2020 (July 20)

Presidential Message on Space Exploration Day, 2020 (July 20)   Today, our Nation celebrates the essential role that American space exploration plays in the history and character of our country.  We honor our brave astronauts and space industry professionals—both past and present—and we pledge to continue to lead the world in pioneering deeper into space, ...
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NASA names a building for a pioneering African American (July 8)

NASA names a building for a pioneering African American (July 8)   NASA has renamed its Washington headquarters to honor Mary W. Jackson, the first female African American engineer to work for the agency. Jackson was among four African American women recently awarded  Congressional Gold Medals  for their contributions to early space flight. Jackson and her colleagues were also ...
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NASA engineers develop a ventilator for COVID-19 patients (June 30)

NASA engineers develop a ventilator for COVID-19 patients (June 30)   A meeting over coffee at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has led to a ventilator prototype for COVID-19 patients,  according to NASA . Mechanical systems engineer David Van Buren and JPL chief engineer Rob Manning started discussing the COVID-19 pandemic and how they could help while in ...
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Readout from the Vice President’s and Second Lady’s Call to NASA Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (June 17)

Readout from the Vice President’s and Second Lady’s Call to NASA Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (June 17)   Today, Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence led a call with the three NASA astronauts who are currently aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Participants dialing in from the ISS included NASA ...
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U.S. launches space plane on scientific mission (June 9)

U.S. launches space plane on scientific mission (June 9)   The X-37B orbital test vehicle has successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, for its sixth mission in space. Launched May 17, the X-37B is carrying a FalconSat-8 satellite that will conduct experiments while in orbit, including some on the effects of radiation on seeds for ...
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A historic first, NASA sends astronauts to space aboard private craft (June 1)

A historic first, NASA sends astronauts to space aboard private craft (June 1)   NASA launched two U.S. astronauts aboard a spacecraft made by a private American company May 30. The craft successfully docked to the International Space Station on May 31. It was the first time in history that astronauts entered Earth’s orbit in ...
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NASA names telescope for pioneering female astronomer (May 29)

NASA names telescope for pioneering female astronomer (May 29) By Lauren Monsen NASA, the U.S. space agency, will name its next-generation space telescope in honor of Nancy Grace Roman. Roman (1925–2018) was the agency’s first chief astronomer and was dubbed the “Mother of the  Hubble Space Telescope ” by her colleagues. She joined the agency in 1959 and created its ...
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The Voyager Mission 40th anniversary (September 19)

The Voyager Mission 40th anniversary (September 19)   The U.S. Embassy is proud to take part in the Voyager Mission 40th anniversary events. Over the course of 4 days, former and current NASA engineers will share their experiences and look at the future of space exploration. NASA engineers will meet with tech-related startups and small ...
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The U.S. Embassy brings NASA Engineer Tricia Mack to Georgia (September 16)

The U.S. Embassy brings NASA Engineer Tricia Mack to Georgia (September 16) TBILISI, September 16, 2016 –  U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, together with San Diego State University – Georgia, are proud to welcome NASA engineer Tricia Mack to Georgia Monday, September 19, 2016, for a series of public lectures and workshops on America’s civilian space program and ...
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