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NASA Celebrates Diversity In Space And Technology For Black History Month

February has been an active month for NASA. Here are some updates from NASA that you might have missed this month.

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NASA Celebrates Black History Month

NASA celebrates black history month
Space.com

On February 10th, NASA collaborated with the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture for a Black History Month event highlighting contributions by African-Americans to space and technology. The event was aimed at inspiring students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, fields of study.

NASA’s DART To Receive Space Achievement Award

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SciTechDaily

NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART, team has been selected to receive the Space Foundation’s 2023 Space Achievement Award. Last year, the DART spacecraft successfully collided with and changed the course of an asteroid during the first-ever Planetary Defense Test Mission.

A Small Asteroid Detected

Asteroid
NASA

An international team of European astronomers has used NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to detect a very small asteroid. The asteroid, about 300 to 650 feet long, is likely the smallest object observed to date by Webb and may be an example of an object less than 0.6 miles long within the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

First Tests For Redesigned Moon Rocket Engines Completed

Redesigned Moon Rocket Engine
NASA

On February 8th, engineers at Stennis Space Center conducted the first hot fire test of the year with the newly redesigned RS-25 engine. Four of the engines will help power our space launch system rocket on future Artemis missions to the Moon. 

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