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This Week @NASA: Space Exploration Collaboration, Webb Reveals Galaxies From Dawn of the Universe

A view of the full Gateway configuration with Orion approaching Gateway. Credit: NASA/Alberto Bertolin

Continuing a collaboration in space exploration …

Space station research heads back to Earth …

And highlighting new science from NASA missions …

A few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA!

On January 13 at NASA Headquarters, administrator Bill Nelson, Japan’s prime minister Kishida Fumio, and others were on hand as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hayashi Yoshimasa signed an agreement for a continued collaboration in space exploration between the two nations.

The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft is pictured departing the vicinity of the space station following its undocking from the Harmony module’s space-facing port. Credit: NASA

A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship undocked from the International Space Station on January 9 with about 4,400 pounds of cargo to be returned to Earth, including valuable scientific experiments.

Newly discovered Earth-size planet TOI 700 e orbits within the habitable zone of its star in this illustration. Its Earth-size sibling, TOI 700 d, can be seen in the distance.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Robert Hurt

The 241st meeting of the American Astronomical Society featured news that our Webb Space Telescope helped reveal remarkable similarities between distant galaxies from the dawn of the universe and a rare class of small galaxies much closer to us.

Our Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra X-ray Observatory and TESS were also discussed at the meeting.

2022 effectively tied for Earth’s 5th warmest year since 1880, and the last 9 consecutive years have been the warmest 9 on record. NASA looks back at how heat was expressed in different ways around the world in 2022. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

According to an analysis by NASA, Earth’s global average surface temperature in 2022 tied with 2015 as the fifth warmest on record. The past nine years have been the warmest years since modern recordkeeping began in 1880.

That’s what’s up this week at NASA.

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