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Brazil – Brazil Signs Artemis Accords (NASA)

Brazil Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation Marcos Pontes signs the Artemis Accords as President Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a ceremony at the Palácio do Planalto in Brasilia Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

Brazil Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation Marcos Pontes signs the Artemis Accords as President Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a ceremony at the Palácio do Planalto in Brasilia Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Credits: Marcos Corrêa/PR

Brazil is the latest country to sign the Artemis Accords, affirming its commitment to ensuring sustainable space exploration that adheres to a common set of principles benefiting all of humanity.

Brazil Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation Marcos Pontes signed the document during a ceremony June 15 in Brasília that featured President Jair Bolsonaro, Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Alberto França, and other officials.

“NASA has been looking forward to this day since last December when Minister Pontes and former NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine signed a statement of intent regarding potential cooperation in the Artemis program,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. “In undertaking this important commitment, Brazil is positioned to be a leader in safe and sustainable exploration.”

Brazil is the 12th country to sign the Artemis Accords and first in South America to do so. It joins Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, and the United States in signing the document, which establishes a practical set of principles to guide space exploration cooperation among nations participating in NASA’s 21st century lunar exploration plans. Brazil is the third nation to sign the Artemis Accords under the Biden-Harris Administration, following the Republic of Korea and New Zealand.

“The signing of Artemis Accords is a historic moment for Brazil. Together with the U.S. and other countries we will have the opportunity to explore the Moon and initiate infinite other possibilities for international cooperation,” said Pontes. “We are promoting a great national effort, with the involvement of the Government and the Brazilian space industry. As an astronaut and Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, it is an honor for me to sign Brazil’s adhesion to the Artemis Accords.”

NASA, in coordination with the U.S. Department of State, announced the establishment of the Artemis Accords in 2020. The Artemis Accords reinforce and implement the 1967 Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, otherwise known as the Outer Space Treaty. They also reinforce the commitment by the United States and partner nations to the Registration Convention, the Agreement on the Rescue of Astronauts, and other norms of behavior that NASA and its partners have supported, including the public release of scientific data.

Additional countries will join the Artemis Accords in the months and years ahead, as NASA continues to work with its international partners to establish a safe, peaceful, and prosperous future in space. Working with both new and existing partners will add new energy and capabilities to ensure the entire world can benefit from our journey of exploration and discovery.

Learn more about the Artemis Accords at:

https://www.nasa.gov/artemis-accords

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Space – Operations Underway to Restore Payload Computer on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope (NASA)

Hubble Space Telescope
The Hubble Space Telescope is deployed on April 25, 1990 from the space shuttle Discovery. Avoiding distortions of the atmosphere, Hubble has an unobstructed view peering to planets, stars and galaxies, some more than 13.4 billion light years away. Credits: NASA/Smithsonian Institution/Lockheed Corporation

NASA is working to resolve an issue with the payload computer on the Hubble Space Telescope. The computer halted on Sunday, June 13, shortly after 4 p.m. EDT. After analyzing the data, the Hubble operations team is investigating whether a degrading memory module led to the computer halt. The team is preparing to switch to one of several backup modules on Wednesday, June 16. The computer will then be allowed to run for approximately one day to verify that the problem has been solved. The team would then restart all science instruments and return the telescope to normal science operations.

The purpose of the payload computer is to control and coordinate the science instruments onboard the spacecraft. After the halt occurred on Sunday, the main computer stopped receiving a “keep-alive” signal, which is a standard handshake between the payload and main spacecraft computers to indicate all is well. The main computer then automatically placed all science instruments in a safe mode configuration. Control center personnel at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland restarted the payload computer on Monday, June 14, but it soon experienced the same problem.

The payload computer is a NASA Standard Spacecraft Computer-1 (NSSC-1) system built in the 1980s. It is part of the Science Instrument Command and Data Handling module, which was replaced during the last astronaut servicing mission in 2009. The module has various levels of redundancy which can be switched on to serve as the primary system when necessary.

For more information about Hubble, visit: www.nasa.gov/hubble

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Space – Keeping Racers Cool: From NASA Spacesuit Research to Racing Suit Underwear (Andrew Wagner, NASA)

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Space – Citizen Scientists Discover Two Gaseous Planets around a Bright Sun-like Star (Elizabeth Landau, NASA)

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Credits: NASA/Scott Wiessinger

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Space – Then There Were 3: NASA to Collaborate on ESA’s New Venus Mission (NASA)

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Space – NASA’s Perseverance Rover Begins Its First Science Campaign on Mars (DC Agle, Karen Fox, Alana Johnson, NASA)

Perseverance’s Mastcam-Z imaging system captured this 360-degree panorama

Perseverance’s Mastcam-Z imaging system captured this 360-degree panorama at “Van Zyl Overlook,” where the rover parked during Ingenuity helicopter’s first flights. The 2.4-billion-pixel panorama consists of 992 images stitched together. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS
NASA’s Perseverance Rover Begins Its First Science Campaign on Mars | NASA
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TechInnovation – Teams Engineer Complex Human Tissues, Win Top Prizes in NASA Challenge (Clare Skelly, Molly Porter, Bonnie Davis, NASA)

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Climate Change – Local Lockdowns Brought Fast Global Ozone Reductions, NASA Finds (NASA)

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A new study finds that reduced fossil fuel burning due to lockdowns in American and Asian cities caused a global drop in ozone pollution. Credits: Pond5
Local Lockdowns Brought Fast Global Ozone Reductions, NASA Finds | NASA
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Space – Dust: An Out-of-This World Problem (NASA)

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