Friday, June 03, 2022

NASA's Space to Ground: JPL's Earth Mineral Dust Detector Arriving Soon

NASA's Space to Ground: JPL's Earth Mineral Dust Detector Arriving Soon

NASA's Space to Ground is your weekly update on what's happening aboard the International Space Station. The uncrewed Russian Progress 81 launched on a Soyuz rocket at 5:32 a.m. EDT (2:32 p.m. Baikonur time) Friday, June 3, 2022, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Progress 81 spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station’s Zvezda service module at 9:02 a.m. EDT, two orbits after launch. Progress is delivering almost three tons of food, fuel and supplies to the International Space Station for the Expedition 67 crew. 

While scientists know that dust affects the Earth's environment and climate, they do not have enough data to determine, in detail, what those effects are or may be in the future—at least not yet. Launching to the International Space Station on a SpaceX cargo launch June 9, NASA’s Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation (EMIT) instrument will help fill in those knowledge gaps. EMIT’s state-of-the-art imaging spectrometer, developed by the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, will collect more than a billion dust-source-composition measurements around the globe over the course of a year—and in doing so, significantly advance scientists’ understanding of dust’s influence across the Earth system.

Expedition 67 Crew
Commander Oleg Artemyev (Russia)
Roscosmos Flight Engineers: Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov (Russia)
NASA Flight Engineers: Kjell Lindgren, Bob Hines, Jessica Watkins (USA)
European Space Agency (ESA) Flight Engineer: Samantha Cristoforetti (Italy)

An international partnership of space agencies provides and operates the elements of the International Space Station (ISS). The principals are the space agencies of the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan, and Canada. The ISS has been the most politically complex space exploration program ever undertaken.

Credit: NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC)

Duration: 2 minutes, 21 seconds

Release Date: June 3, 2022

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