While there, he toured the complex and learned about the center’s work as a multi-user spaceport for commercial and government clients. He also saw our progress toward launching from U.S. soil on spacecraft built by American companies, and traveling past the moon, and eventually on to Mars with the help of our Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket. Here, Vice President Mike Pence is joined by astronaut Reid Wiseman, Kennedy Center Director Bob Cabana, Deputy Center Director Janet Petro and NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot. Wiseman explains components on the Orion spacecraft, which will carry humans deeper into space than ever before, and eventually to Mars. Credit: NASA
Darker, cooler areas on the Sun – known as sunspots – have been absent for almost two weeks, as of Feb. 1.
February 06 | 2018
A single, tiny one appeared on Jan. 31, but even that is hard to see in this rotating view from our Solar Dynamics Observatory. The video shows a rotating sun in filtered light for the past week, but it is even hard to tell the sun is rotating since there are just about no features. This spotless period is a prelude to the approaching period of solar minimum next year, when the Sun’s activity will be at the low end of its 11-year cycle. Credit: NASA/SDO