This week @NASA: Imaging distant planets, X-59 milestone, Dream Chaser launch preparation

Illustration of the Roman Nancy Grace Space Telescope

The Roman Coronagraph instrument on NASA’s Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will help pave the way in the search for habitable worlds outside our solar system by testing new tools that block starlight, revealing planets hidden by the twinkling of stars their mother. Credit: NASA

Preparing to image distant planets…

Discussion of artificial intelligence in NASA

And a milestone for NASA’s supersonic X-plane…

Some of the stories to tell you – This week at NASA!

NASA tool gets ready to image distant planets

The Roman Coronagraphy Instrument for NASA’s Roman Nancy Grace Space Telescope was recently delivered by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Coronagraph will test new starlight-blocking tools to detect planets hidden from light from their parent stars.

The instrument will demonstrate technologies that could help pave the way for future missions searching for habitable worlds outside our solar system — like NASA’s proposed Observatory for Habitable Worlds. of Roman space telescope it is intended to start by May 2027.


AI helps NASA support missions and research projects across the agency, analyze data to detect trends and patterns, and develop systems capable of supporting spacecraft and aircraft autonomously. Credit: NASA

NASA leaders welcome City Agency for Artificial Intelligence

On May 22, agency leaders hosted an Artificial Intelligence, or AI, town hall at NASA headquarters in Washington. The event provided an opportunity to discuss how NASA is using and developing a variety of AI tools to advance missions and research.

Learn more about artificial intelligence at the agency at

X-59 in Flight over Earth

Artist illustration of X-59 in flight over land. Credit: Lockheed Martin

X-59 passes milestone toward first safe flight

NASA’s X-59 supersonic quiet plane team has taken the next step toward verifying the aircraft’s airworthiness by completing a Flight Readiness Review. This revision allows the X-59 to progress towards flight. The X-59 is being developed as part of NASA’s Quest mission to reduce the typical sonic boom associated with supersonic flight to a quieter sonic “thud.”

Sierra Space Dream Chaser DC#1 (Tenacity)

Illustration of Sierra Space’s first dream shooter, called DC#1 (Persistence). Credit: Sierra Space

NASA, Sierra Space Gives a Dream Shooter for Launch Preparation

As part of NASA’s efforts to expand commercial resupply into low Earth orbit, Sierra Space’s Dream Chaser spacecraft recently arrived at our Kennedy Space Center to prepare for its first flight to International Space Station.

Before Kennedy, the unmanned space plane and its cargo module were at NASA’s Neil Armstrong Test Facility in Sandusky, Ohio. While there, Dream Chaser was exposed to the vibrations it will experience during launch and reentry, as well as the low ambient pressures and extreme temperatures it will encounter in space.

The space plane, named Tenacity, is expected to deliver 7,800 pounds of cargo to the space station later this year.

This is what’s happening this week @NASA!

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