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October 13, 2022

NASA Uncrewed Balloon Concept Passes Initial Testing

Atmospheric Assestment System in Development for Venutian Exploration

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory completed the first of a battery of test flights for their prototype aerial robotic balloon. The system is hoped to help uncover atmospheric conditions on the planet Venus, deploying the balloon into the intense heat, pressure, and corrosive gases found in its environment. The balloon is a part of a concept that pairs it with an orbiting platform outside the atmosphere.

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Crew 4 Undocking/Return Delayed Due To Weather

Potential For High Winds And Rainy Weather Near The Splashdown Zones

NASA and SpaceX now are targeting no earlier than 10:05 a.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 13, for the agency’s Crew-4 undocking from the International Space Station to begin the return trip to Earth completing a nearly six-month science mission in orbit. Splashdown is targeted several hours later at 5:43 p.m. Thursday off the coast of Florida. Mission teams continue to monitor a cold front passing over Florida with the potential to bring high winds and rainy weather near the splashdown zones off the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Mission teams will continue to monitor splashdown and recovery conditions with another weather review around six hours prior to undocking.

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