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This Year at NASA

2017: A year of groundbreaking discoveries and record-setting exploration at NASA.

During the week of Sept. 5, spacecraft captured imagery of hurricane Irma as the storm reached category 5 status in the Atlantic Ocean.

On June 17, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden gave the keynote address at the Aviation 2016 conference in Washington.

During his Feb. 9 State of NASA speech at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va, Administrator Charles Bolden characterized President Obama's $19 billion Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal for NASA as a vote of confidence and an indication of the agency's strength.

New observations from NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) mission is providing insight into how Earth is responding to rising levels of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, and what this means for our future climate.

During an Oct. 28 keynote speech at the Center for American Progress, in Washington, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden spoke about the advancement made on the journey to Mars and what lies ahead for future administrations and policy makers.

The stars were out for the second-ever White House Astronomy Night on Oct. 19. Attendees included NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, Deputy Administrator Dava Newman and Associate Administrator for Science, John Grunsfeld - as well as NASA's commercial crew astronauts, who are training for future spaceflights from American soil on commercial spacecraft.

During meetings and public events at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Oct. 12-16 in Jerusalem, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden and several other NASA officials highlighted the agency's recently released plan to send astronauts to Mars in the 2030's.

On Monday, October 5th, NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden planted "Outredgeous" Red Romaine Lettuce seeds in USDA's People's Garden, sister seeds of those grown and harvested on the International Space Station.

A major scientific discovery was announced by NASA at a Sept. 28 news conference. From its vantage point high above the Martian surface, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) spacecraft has found the strongest evidence yet, that under certain circumstances, liquid water has been found on Mars.

A news conference was held on Sept. 24 at NASA's Johnson Space Center with the next crew launching to the International Space Station, including NASA astronaut Tim Kopra.

Sept. 15 marked the halfway point in the yearlong mission on the International Space Station with NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko. An event the day before at the National Press Club in Washington included a discussion about the biomedical research conducted on the station, to help formulate future human missions to Mars.

Aboard the International Space Station, the Expedition 45 crew - including new Commander Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren of NASA, said goodbye to Gennady Padalka of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Andreas Mogensen of ESA (European Space Agency) and Aidyn Aimbetov of the Kazakh Space Agency (Kazcosmos) as the trio climbed aboard their Soyuz spacecraft for the return trip to Earth.

On Sept. 2, a Soyuz spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with Expedition 45 Soyuz Commander Sergey Volkov of the Russian Federal Space Agency and visiting crew members Andreas Mogensen and Aidyn Aimbetov.

On Aug. 19, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched its "Kounotori" H-II Transfer Vehicle, or HTV-5 from the Tanegashima Space Center to the International Space Station.

On Aug. 13, NASA conducted a test firing of the RS-25 rocket engine at Stennis Space Center. The 535 second test was the sixth in the current series of seven developmental tests of the former space shuttle main engine.

NASA's Curiosity rover celebrated the 3-year anniversary of its landing on Mars recently. Since landing, Curiosity has driven nearly seven miles to its current location at Mount Sharp, and found evidence of past conditions suitable for microbial life.

A July 24 update at NASA headquarters, featured new surprising imagery and science results from the recent flyby of Pluto, by the New Horizons spacecraft.

After a nearly decade-long journey, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft arrived at Pluto on July 14 - passing by at a mere 7,750 miles above the surface ... resulting in an absolutely breathtaking image - the closest ever of Pluto.

NASA has selected four astronauts to work closely with two U.S. commercial companies that will return human spaceflight launches to Florida's Space Coast.

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