Artemis I Launch

NASA’s Space Launch System rocket carrying the Orion spacecraft launches on the Artemis I flight test, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, from Launch Complex 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA’s Artemis I mission is the first integrated flight test of the agency’s deep space exploration systems: the Orion spacecraft, Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, and ground systems. SLS and Orion launched at 1:47 a.m. EST, from Launch Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

The Marshall Star electronic newsletter has shared the 2022 highlights for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

Monthly headlines included the following:

January: Imaging X-ray Polarmetry Explorer begins science operations; Marshall leaders share insights; NASA prepares Space Launch System moon rockets for first crewed Artemis missions; IXPE sends first science image; and NASA selects developer for rocket to retrieve first samples from Mars.

February: Marshall couples balance home, work relationships; NASA’s spinoff publication highlights Marshall technology; NASA provides update to astronaut Moon lander plans under Artemis; and NASA’s mega Moon rocket, spacecraft complete first roll to launch pad.

March: Student rockets return to Alabama skies.

April: Paul Grandl named the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ “Engineer of the Year”; NASA announces winners of 2022 Alabama exploration rover challenge; and Starliner launches to Space Station with help from Marshall engineers.

May: Mission Success is in Our Hands series; NASA extends exploration for eight planetary science missions; and NASA EXPRESS racks achieve 1 million hours of service on Space Station.

June: NASA completes wet dress rehearsal, moves forward toward launch; subscale booster motor for future Artemis missions fires up at Marshall; NASA reveals Webb Telescope’s first images of unseen universe; microgravity science glovebox celebrates 20 years of success; and NASA completes test firing of future Artemis booster motor.

July: Marshall engineers, facilities, tools contribute to Artemis success; and lead-up to launch series spotlights team members.

August: NASA’s Super Guppy delivers rocket test article to Marshall; and DART mission hits asteroid in first-ever planetary defense test.

September: Setting the clock on a stellar explosion; STEM competitions propel students toward NASA careers; and Marshall documents implosion of building 4200, historic administrative facility.

October: NASA leaders look to bright future at Von Braun Symposium; Federal Employees Viewpoint Survey marks record response at Marshall; and NASA’s Artemis I mega rocket launches Orion to Moon.

November: Marshall event displays largest solar sail section ever deployed; LOFTID inflatable heat shield test a success; 15 teams advance in NASA’s $3.5 million Break the Ice Lunar Challenge; and Crew-4 mission astronauts make debut visit to Marshall.

December: NASA’s Orion returns to Earth after historic Moon mission.

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