An Update on the Recent Green Run Hot Fire Test on This Week @NASA – January 22, 2021 | Summary and Q&A

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An Update on the Recent Green Run Hot Fire Test on This Week @NASA – January 22, 2021

TL;DR

Preliminary review of the recent Green Run hot fire test shows the rocket's hardware is in excellent condition, Orion spacecraft is ready for the Artemis I mission, new insights into small solar structures called "plumelets" have been discovered, and NASA remembers the late Cliff Feldman.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What was the outcome of the Green Run hot fire test?

Preliminary review shows the rocket's hardware is in excellent condition, and the shutdown of the test was intentional to ensure safety during ground testing.

Q: What is the current status of the Orion spacecraft for the Artemis I mission?

The Orion spacecraft is closer to being ready after engineers installed and tested components and subsystems, and it has transitioned to preflight processing.

Q: What have scientists discovered about solar structures called "plumelets"?

New research suggests that "plumelets" are the building blocks of solar plumes, and understanding their creation could help explain disturbances in the solar wind.

Q: Who was Cliff Feldman and what was his contribution to NASA?

Cliff Feldman was a highly respected TV Production Manager at NASA who played a major role in successful productions like the Apollo 50th Anniversary special and nationwide coverage of the 2017 total solar eclipse.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The Green Run hot fire test of the core stage of NASA's Space Launch System rocket was successful and the hardware is in excellent condition.

  • The Orion spacecraft is one step closer to being mission-ready for Artemis I after engineers finish installing and testing components.

  • Scientists gained new insights into small solar structures called "plumelets" that play a role in creating the solar wind.

  • NASA remembers Cliff Feldman, a valued TV Production Manager, who passed away from COVID-19.

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