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New crew safely aboard the space station A launch update on another space

station mission And an international

agreement on Artemis a few of the stories to tell you about This Week at NASA!

NASAs Kate Rubins is safely aboard the International Space Station.

She and Expedition 64 crewmates Sergey Ryzhikov, and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, both of Roscosmos,

were greeted by our Chris Cassidy and others aboard the orbital outpost on Oct. 14,

just hours after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

NASAs SpaceX Crew-1 mission to the International Space Station is now targeted for no sooner than

early-to-mid November. This will give SpaceX more time to evaluate some issues observed

during a recent non-NASA launch of its Falcon 9 rocket. The mission will be the

first commercial crew rotational flight to the station with the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft.

During a virtual meeting of the International Astronautical Congress on Oct.13, NASA and 7

partner countries signed the Artemis Accords agreement for international participation in

our Artemis program, which includes sending the first woman and next man to the Moon in 2024.

The principles described in the Artemis Accords are what will create

a bright and prosperous future that we all want for ourselves

and for generations to come. These principles are grounded in the Outer Space Treaty.

The founding members of the Artemis Accords are Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg,

the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.

The OSIRIS-REx teams first Touch-And-Go (TAG) sample collection attempt with asteroid Bennu

is targeted for Oct. 20. O-REx is attempting to be the first-ever NASA spacecraft

to collect a sample of an asteroid and send it back to Earth for study.

On Oct. 14, NASA announced the latest partnerships with space tech companies through a Tipping

Point solicitation to develop commercial space capabilities, and to benefit future

NASA missions. The agency also provided an update on space tech efforts to enable human and robotic

exploration on the Moon and future operations on Mars. Learn more at nasa.gov/moontomars.

A NASA-developed sensor suite that could help robotic and crewed missions make precise,

soft landings on the Moon was launched aboard a Blue Origin New Shepard suborbital rocket on Oct.

13. The rocket's flight path provided a unique opportunity to further develop the sensors and

algorithms for potential use on Artemis missions. Thats whats up this week @NASA

For more on these and other stories, follow us on the web at nasa.gov/twan.

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