5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0... Lift-off

50 years ago, was struck by lightning twice, seconds after launch. A flight controller's quick action restored systems to normal, and the mission was successfully guided to land on the Moon's Ocean of Storms. Watch: youtu.be/l11sW5KOi_g?linkId=77 

What’s happening with our plans to land humans on the Moon by 2024?

Hear directly from the top as @VP Mike Pence and Administrator @JimBridenstine discuss the role of @NASAAmes in our program. Tune in starting at 2:45pm ET: nasa.gov/live 

RT @AstroDrewMorgan
.@astro_luca & I are preparing for a series of 4 spacewalks to repair the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a particle physics experiment searching for antimatter to help us understand the origins of the universe. These will be very complex...it was never intended for repair in space!

We’re excited to host @VP Pence & Administrator @JimBridenstine tomorrow for a tour of our world-class research center! Tune in to NASA TV at 11:45am PT for live remarks about our program & plans to return astronauts to the Moon in 2024. Details: nasa.gov/press-release/vice-pr 

RT @Commercial_Crew
This afternoon, @spacex completed a series of static fire engine tests for 's launch escape system.

Now, SpaceX and @nasa will
Review data from the test
Perform hardware inspections
Establish launch date for In-Flight Abort Test

: blogs.nasa.gov/commercialcrew/ 

It's harvest time on @Space_Station! Astronauts have been cultivating fresh mustard greens in the station's Veggie facility. Today, they cut some of the leaves — half go in freezers for later analysis on Earth, and half are for the crew to taste. More: blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/20 

In California, Utah & New Jersey, mosquito control agencies use @NASAEarth data to keep new infestations at bay. It's used in a website that helps public health officials monitor and respond to potential outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases. Details: nasa.gov/feature/nasa-helps-fi 

.@NASA_Technology in your life: We developed new pressure vessels because we needed stronger, lighter tanks to carry liquids & gas to space. Today, this tech is used widely, including in firefighting equipment, in scuba gear, and even in paintball. More: nasa.gov/directorates/spacetec 

RT @Astro_Christina
Suspended in time, for a cure. On @Space_Station, we're studying Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s in a way we cannot in gravity. Here, we can see the protein clusters of these diseases as they form in floating liquid drops.
Learn more: nasa.gov/centers/marshall/news 

RT @Dr_ThomasZ
Congratulations to @JAXA_en for a very successful investigation and sample collection at asteroid Ryugu! @nasa wishes the @Haya2e_jaxa mission - and the asteroid sample the spacecraft collected - a safe journey home to Earth! solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/ 

Progress toward the launch of I — our @NASA_Orion has completed final assembly and systems testing. The @NASA_SLS core stage is nearing completion, as technicians attach the RS-25 engines to propulsion and avionics systems. About Artemis: nasa.gov/specials/artemis/?utm 

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the launch of ! For the long journey, the astronauts needed some sustenance, so here’s a suit tech putting a sandwich in Pete Conrad’s pocket during suit-up for launch.

As our Parker Solar Probe orbits the Sun, its instruments capture data to help solve mysteries of the solar atmosphere.
Data from the mission's first close solar encounters has now been released to the public — for everyone to analyze and use. More: blogs.nasa.gov/parkersolarprob 

RT @NASANewHorizons
Unknown no longer! In a fitting tribute to the farthest flyby ever conducted by spacecraft, Kuiper Belt object has officially been named , a Native American term meaning “sky” in the Powhatan/Algonquian language. nasa.gov/feature/far-far-away- 

@JHUAPL @SwRIhttps://twitter.com/NASA/status/1194374328030236672

Our rover will launch next July and land in Mars' Jezero Crater in Feb., 2021. Scientists have discovered deposits of carbonates in the crater, identifying one of the best places for the rover to search for signs of ancient life. Details: nasa.gov/feature/jpl/nasas-mar 

Have plans on Dec. 9-10?

We’re inviting social media users to apply to visit our rocket factory in New Orleans, see the @NASA_SLS rocket core stage assembled with all four RS-25 engines and learn about our program to explore the Moon. Details: nasa.gov/feature/experience-ar 

RT @Astro_Jessica
Peek outside the @Space_Station and experience the first with us. Our hope is to share this privilege with all of you on our magnificent Earth below. washingtonpost.com/opinions/20 

What caused the brightest X-ray burst ever seen by our @NASAUniverse NICER telescope?
A massive thermonuclear flash from the remains of a star that exploded as a supernova. The explosion released as much energy in 20 seconds as the Sun does in 10 days.

'Arrokoth': a Native American term meaning “sky” in the Powhatan/Algonquian language. With consent from Powhatan Tribal elders and representatives, it's now the official name for the Kuiper Belt object visited by @NASANewHorizons. About today's ceremony: nasa.gov/feature/far-far-away- 

Over 6 years, a chemistry lab inside the belly of @MarsCuriosity has inhaled Martian air & analyzed its composition. Scientists found that the nitrogen & argon follow a predictable seasonal pattern — but not oxygen. Learn about the newest Martian mystery: nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2019/ 

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