New Boeing Starliner launch date, gateway hardware, event horizon visualization

Gateway Habitation and Logistics Outpost

Illustration showing a close-up of the Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO), one of the elements of the Gateway. Credit: NASA

A new target launch date for NASABoeing Crew Flight Test…

Progress is being made on major hardware for the gateway…

And the Presidential Award for helping advance NASA's mission…

Some stories to tell you – This Week at NASA!

A new target launch date for NASA's Boeing crew flight test

NASA, Boeing and United Launch Alliance are now aiming to launch NASA's Boeing Crew Flight Test no later than May 17. International Space Station,

NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Sonny Williams will be the first astronauts to fly to the station aboard Boeing's Starliner spacecraft. Following successful completion of the mission, NASA can certify Starliner for rotational crew missions to the space station.

Gateway's Lunar I-Hub and Halo module under construction

Gateway's Lunar I-Hub and HALO module are under construction at the Thales Alenia Space industrial plant in Turin, Italy. Credit: ESA/Stefan Corvaja

Making Further Progress on Artemis IV's Gateway Ahead

NASA's Artemis IV mission is taking shape with teams in Italy making progress on key hardware for Gateway – humanity's first space station to orbit the Moon. The first two elements of the Gateway, the habitat and logistics outpost, or HALO, and the power and propulsion elements will launch into lunar orbit before Artemis IV. The Halo Gateway is one of the modules where astronauts will live, conduct science and prepare for lunar surface missions.

NASA Ellen Ochoa Presidential Medal

President Joe Biden awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to astronaut Dr. Ellen Ochoa, former center director of the agency's Johnson Space Center, and Dr. Jane Rigby, senior project scientist for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, at a ceremony in Houston. White House in Washington. Credit: White House

Former NASA center director, scientists receive President's Medal

Former NASA Johnson Space Center Center Director and astronaut Dr. Ellen Ochoa and NASA Senior Project Scientist Dr. Jane Rigby James Webb Space Telescope Each was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Joe Biden.

Ochoa was recognized for her leadership at NASA Johnson and being the first Hispanic woman in space, and Rigby was recognized for her work leading NASA's transformative space telescope, Webb.

In this scene of flight towards a giant black hole, the labels highlight several fascinating features generated by the effects of general relativity along the way. Built on a NASA supercomputer, the simulation tracks a camera as it approaches, orbits briefly, and then crosses the event horizon – the point of no return – a monster black like the center of our galaxy. Hole. Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/J. Schnittman and B. powell

Black hole visualization takes viewers beyond the brink

A new immersive visualization created with a NASA supercomputer takes viewers inside the event horizon – a black hole's point of no return. There are several versions of the visualization, including a 360° version.

The project generated approximately 10 terabytes of data and the supercomputer took approximately 5 days to build. For comparison, a typical laptop computer would take more than a decade to build.

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