On platforms suspended from the top of the 525-foot-high VAB, workers use rollers and brushes to repaint the U.S. flag on the southwest side of the Vehicle Assembly Building. The flag spans an area 209 feet by 110 feet, or about 23, 437 square feet. Each stripe is 9 feet wide and each star is 6 feet in diameter. The logo is also being painted. Known as the "meatball," the logo measures 110 feet by 132 feet, or about 12,300 square feet. The flag and logo were last painted in 1998, honoring NASA's 40th anniversary.

NASA Releases Interactive Graphic Novel “First Woman” 

We’re excited to announce the release of our first interactive graphic novel. “First Woman” imagines the story of Callie Rodriguez, the first woman to explore the Moon, along with her robot sidekick RT.

While Callie’s story is fictional, the first woman and the first person of color will walk on the Moon, achieving these historic milestones as part of our Artemis missions. Through this graphic novel, we’re aiming to inspire the next generation of explorers – the Artemis Generation. Download, read, and interact with “First Woman” or listen to the audio version exclusively on our SoundCloud.

Mark Your Calendars – This weekend, join 10 space agencies from around the world for the annual Space Apps Challenge, the largest annual global hackathon in the world.  You don’t need to be a coder to participate in the event! Create art inspired by our upcoming Lucy mission, design origami that resembles the James Webb Space Telescope, or invent your own challenge. 

Ready for Takeoff – If you’re boarding a plane in the future, our aeronautics team may help cut down your wait at the gate. After testing at three major airports, we’re sharing findings from an air traffic management project with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for nationwide implementation.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage – Join us Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. EDT for “Hispanic Heritage: El Ayer y El Mañana,” a conversation regarding the new National Museum of the American Latino; NASA’s impact and influence; and the pioneering spirit of Latinos. The program will be hosted by journalist Soledad O’Brien.

Traveling to Mars’ Moon – How are we preparing to send humans to deep space? One step is through the Human Exploration Research Analog analog. Crew are locked in the dorm-sized habitat for 45 days to help scientists test how confinement on a long-duration journey affects mission-critical tasks.

Countdown to Launch – Lucy is packing up for its trip to space! Our first mission to the Trojan asteroids is set to launch from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Oct. 16. Register to attend the launch virtually to get up-to-date resources, interaction opportunities, and a virtual passport stamp.

Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls – The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with the Landsat 9 satellite on board launched Sept. 27 from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. Landsat 9 is a joint NASA/U.S. Geological Survey mission that will continue the legacy of monitoring Earth’s land and coastal regions.

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