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South Lake Tahoe Man Convicted of Impersonating Federal Officers

Thursday, July 11, 2024 SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After a three-day trial, a federal jury found Anton Andreyevich Iagounov, 38, of South Lake Tahoe, guilty of four counts of impersonating a federal officer, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

Sols 4241–4242: We Can’t Go Around It…We’ve Got To Go Through It!

Earth planning date: Wednesday, July 10, 2024 Curiosity is currently trekking across Gediz Vallis channel because, as my nephew’s favorite book says, if we can’t go around it… we’ve got to go through it! Recently we’ve been parked for a…

Vivid Portrait of Interacting Galaxies Marks Webb’s Second Anniversary

Two for two! A duo of interacting galaxies commemorates the second science anniversary of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, which takes constant observations, including images and highly detailed data known as spectra. Its operations have led to a “parade” of…

Hubble Measures the Distance to a Supernova

Measuring the distance to truly remote objects like galaxies, quasars, and galaxy clusters is a crucial task in astrophysics, particularly when it comes to studying the early universe, but it’s a difficult one to complete. We can only measure the…

NASA’s Hubble Traces Dark Matter in Dwarf Galaxy Using Stellar Motions

The qualities and behavior of dark matter, the invisible “glue” of the universe, continue to be shrouded in mystery. Though galaxies are mostly made of dark matter, understanding how it is distributed within a galaxy offers clues to what this…

Sols 4239-4240: ‘Vuggin’ Out’

Earth planning date: Monday, July 8, 2024 And just like we planned, Curiosity successfully drove about 11 meters (about 36 feet) after a 27-sol drill campaign at Mammoth Lakes! Not so fast, though, these rocks are just too interesting to…

NASA’s Hubble Finds Strong Evidence for Intermediate-Mass Black Hole in Omega Centauri

Most known black holes are either extremely massive, like the supermassive black holes that lie at the cores of large galaxies, or relatively lightweight, with a mass of under 100 times that of the Sun. Intermediate-mass black holes (IMBHs) are…

Celebrate the Heliophysics Big Year with Free Heliophysics and Math Webinars from NASA HEAT

The Heliophysics Big Year (HBY) is a global celebration of the Sun’s influence on Earth and the entire solar system. It began with the Annular Solar Eclipse on Oct. 14, 2023, continued through the Total Solar Eclipse on Apr. 8,…

NASA’s Neurodiversity Network Interns Speak at National Space Development Conference

Two high school interns funded by NASA’s Neurodiversity Network (N3) presented their work from Summer 2023 at the recent National Space Society (NSS) International Space Development Conference (ISDC-2024), held in Los Angeles, CA (May 23-26, 2024). Both interns were mentored…

NASA Mission to Study Mysteries in the Origin of Solar Radio Waves

UPDATE: ESA’s Ariane 6 launched from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, as scheduled at 3:00 p.m. EDT on July 9, 2024. CURIE successfully deployed from the rocket and is expected to establish ground communications next week. NASA’s…

NASA’s Begoña Vila Awarded 2024 Galician Excellence Award

Begoña Vila, an instrument systems engineer from KBR who worked on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, has been selected to receive the 2024 Galician Excellence Title in the Sciences and Medicine Category for her career and work on Webb. This award…

Sols 4236-4238: One More Time… for Contact Science at Mammoth Lakes

Earth planning date: Friday, July 5, 2024 Curiosity will drive away from the Mammoth Lakes drill location on the second sol of this three-sol weekend plan, but before she does, the team will take the opportunity for one last chance…


FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

A-24-03-00-FMD               Audit of NASA’s Compliance with the Payment Integrity Information Act for Fiscal
Year 2023

This audit will assess NASA’s compliance with the Payment Integrity Information Act of 2019 that seeks to reduce improper payments across federal agencies.



INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

None Currently



MISSION SUPPORT

A-24-02-00-MSD NASA’s Compliance with the Geospatial Data Act for Fiscal Year 2024

This audit will determine how well NASA is managing geospatial data—that is, information about the geographic location and characteristics of objects on or near the earth’s surface—in accordance with the Geospatial Data Act of 2018.

A-24-04-00-MSD               Audit of NASA’s Awards to Small Disadvantaged Businesses

The objective of this audit is to assess NASA’s practices for encouraging small disadvantaged businesses to participate in contracting and determine whether controls are in place to ensure awards are made to eligible recipients.

A-24-01-00-MSD               Evaluation of NASA’s Information Security Program under the Federal Information
Security Modernization Act (FISMA) for Fiscal Year 2024

In accordance with FISMA requirements, we are reviewing NASA’s information security program and reporting the results to the Office of Management and Budget.

A-23-05-00-MSD               Audit of NASA’s High-End Computing Program

The OIG will assess NASA’s management of its High-End Computing Program, including processes and controls related to the Program’s policy framework, capacity planning, stakeholder engagement, and cybersecurity.

A-23-04-00-MSD               Audit of NASA’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Engagement

The OIG will evaluate whether NASA is effectively implementing engagement and outreach activities to attract a diverse Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) workforce.


SCIENCE and AERONAUTICS RESEARCH

A-23-13-00-SARD NASA’s Management of its Rocket Propulsion Test Program

We’re looking at NASA’s management of assets and capabilities that use chemical rocket propulsion to ensure effective and efficient use of taxpayer funds.

A-23-12-00-SARD Audit of the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope Project

We will assess whether this project is meeting cost, schedule, and technical goals, while managing risks.

A-23-11-00-SARD              Audit of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services Initiative

We’re assessing how effectively NASA is implementing and managing its Commercial Lunar Payloads Initiative.

A-23-01-00-SARD              Audit of the Mars Sample Return Mission

This audit will evaluate NASA’s management of the Mars Sample Return mission relative to established cost, schedule, technological goals, and risks.


SPACE OPERATIONS

A-23-14-00-HED NASA’s Management of the Mobile Launcher 2 Project

NASA’s contract for Mobile Launcher-2 has rocketed to over $1 billion. This audit examines actions the Agency is taking to control future cost growth and schedule delays.

A-23-08-01-HED NASA’s Management of the Space Launch System Block 1B Development

This audit will examine NASA’s management of the next iteration of its Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket known as Block 1B.

A-23-10-00-HED                 NASA’s Management of Risks to Sustaining ISS Operations through 2030

This audit will evaluate NASA’s plans for sustaining the ISS through 2030 and safely de-orbiting it.

A-23-08-00-HED                NASA’s Management of Artemis IV and Future Missions

This audit will examine NASA’s development of space flight systems for its Artemis IV and future missions.

A-23-07-00-HED                Audit of NASA’s Readiness for Its Artemis II Crewed Mission to Lunar Orbit

This audit will examine NASA’s plans and progress toward achieving its Artemis II goals.