What Happened This Year @NASA – December 15, 2016 | Summary and Q&A

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What Happened This Year @NASA – December 15, 2016

TL;DR

NASA achieved significant milestones in 2016, including the completion of a year-long mission in space, successful cargo deliveries to the International Space Station, advancements in Mars exploration, and the discovery of new planets.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What were the highlights of NASA's achievements in 2016?

Some of the top achievements include the completion of a year-long mission in space, successful cargo deliveries to the International Space Station, advancements in Mars exploration, and the discovery of new planets.

Q: What was the significance of the BEAM technology demonstration?

The BEAM technology demonstration delivered to the space station in April aimed to test expandable modules that could be used in future space habitats, providing valuable insights for long-duration space missions.

Q: What were the major milestones in Mars exploration in 2016?

NASA's Juno spacecraft arrived at Jupiter, allowing for crucial study of the giant planet. The agency also updated the milestones for the InSight mission to Mars, setting a new launch window beginning in May 2018.

Q: How did NASA contribute to improving life on Earth in 2016?

NASA conducted Earth science field campaigns to study the changing planet and launched small satellite missions to observe Earth more effectively. The agency also worked on developing new technologies for cleaner, safer, and quieter air travel.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Astronauts Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko completed a historic one-year mission aboard the International Space Station.

  • NASA's commercial cargo partners, Orbital ATK and SpaceX, successfully delivered tons of supplies to the space station to support important science experiments.

  • Advancements in Mars exploration were made with the launch of the Juno spacecraft to Jupiter and the announcement of the InSight mission to Mars.

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