RRM3’s Got a Friend in GEDI
Two upcoming NASA missions, Robotic Refueling Mission 3 (RRM3) and the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI), are nestled side-by-side like old friends in the trunk of Dragon, @SpaceX’s first commercial spacecraft in history to deliver cargo to @iss and safely return. On December 4, these two payloads will be launching together from @nasakennedy on the 16th SpaceX commercial resupply mission.
RRM3 (left) is the third phase of an ongoing technology demonstration on the International Space Station. It will be testing the storage and transfer of cryogenic spacecraft fuel, which is useful for deep space travel. RRM3 will pioneer technologies which could help extend human exploration missions and enable refueling for future missions from the Moon or Mars.
Using lidar, GEDI (right) will help scientists create the first three-dimensional map of the world’s temperate and tropical forests. These measurements will yield insights into how much carbon is stored in forests, as well as the potential for the world’s ecosystems to absorb increasing concentrations of carbon in Earth’s atmosphere.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center enables NASA’s mission through four scientific endeavors: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Solar System Exploration, and Astrophysics. Goddard plays a leading role in NASA’s accomplishments by contributing compelling scientific knowledge to advance the Agency’s mission.
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