Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls (L) | NASA/Jim Ross (R)
NASA ‘Photographer of the Year’ winners have just been revealed, and for 2021, you’ll see that NASA’s Johnson Space Center was prominently featured in many of the award-winning shots. All of them show pivotal moments documenting human space exploration for this generation and the ones to come. First up, we have the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft loaded on top.
xEMU Antenna – Norah Moran
Here we see an xEMU Antenna test being performed in the B14 Anechoic Chamber. This is a necessary test to inspect MLI keep out zones for the antennas. This image was captured from where the ‘horn’ is located, the section that sends out radio frequency signals for test. The xEMU Test article is called xGUS and the successor to the EMU Test Article also named GUS (named after Gus Grissom and his iconic silver spacesuit). If NASA’s Curiosity rover could enter the contest, this doorway on Mars would have most certainly won an award.
- This LEGO set for adults features the Space Shuttle Discovery and the Hubble Space Telescope from NASA’s 1990 STS-31 mission
- Space enthusiasts will love unlocking the mysteries of our solar system with this engaging 2,354-piece project, packed with authentic details
- The Space Shuttle has an opening payload bay, retractable landing gear, opening cockpit, moving elevons, space arm, plus 5 seats for the crew
United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angel – Dominic Hart
The Blue Angels crew tour the inlet of the NFAC’s 80-by-120-foot wind tunnel test section in building N221,” said NASA.
Test Subjects – Norah Moran
Test subjects Kelsey Young and Tess Caswell evaluate lunar field geology tasks as part of the Exploration Extravehicular Activity (xEVA) night operations development tests conducted at Johnson Space Center’s Rock Yard,” according to NASA.
Force Gauge Ring – Denny Henry
Engineering Technician Ryan Fischer torques the Force Gauge Ring on to the vibe table in preparation for vibration testing of the PACE spacecraft bus at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt Maryland on June 16th, 2021,” according to NASA.
NASA Astronaut Jonny Kim – Norah Moran
NASA astronaut Jonny Kim wearing a high-altitude pressure suit worn in the WB-57 aircraft, which is capable of flying at altitudes over 60,000 feet,” said NASA.