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Webb Cracks Case of Inflated Exoplanet

Why is the warm gas-giant exoplanet WASP-107 b so puffy? Two independent teams of researchers have an answer. Data collected using NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, combined with prior observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, show surprisingly little methane (CH4)…

Dr. Lori Glaze to begin six-month Detail as Acting Deputy Associate Administrator for ESDMD

Agency leadership has chosen Dr. Lori Glaze to begin a six-month detail as the Acting Deputy AA for the Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate (ESDMD).

Sols 4186-4188: Almost there…

Earth planning day: Wednesday, May 15, 2024 The rover planning engineers yet again did a great job navigating through the large bedrock blocks that litter the terrain in front of us. We are getting ever closer to being able to…

Hubble Views Cosmic Dust Lanes

Featured in this new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is a nearly edge-on view of the lenticular galaxy NGC 4753. Lenticular galaxies have an elliptical shape and ill-defined spiral arms. This image is the object’s sharpest view to…

How NASA Tracked the Most Intense Solar Storm in Decades

May 2024 has already proven to be a particularly stormy month for our Sun. During the first full week of May, a barrage of large solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) launched clouds of charged particles and magnetic fields…

NASA Recognizes 5 Early Career Planetary Scientists

NASA has selected five early-career scientists for its 2023 Planetary Science Early Career Award (ECA) based on their demonstrated leadership, involvement in the planetary science community, and potential for future impact. The ECA program supports exceptional early-career scientists who play…

Discovery Alert: An Earth-sized World and Its Ultra-cool Star

Our galaxy is a jewel box of red stars. More than 70% of the stars in the Milky Way are M dwarfs, also known as red dwarfs. These stars are cool and dim compared with our Sun, but they often…

The Next Full Moon is the Flower, Corn, or Corn Planting Moon

The Next Full Moon is the Flower, Corn, or Corn Planting Moon; the Milk Moon; the Hare’s Moon; and Vesak, Buddha Jayanti, or Buddha Purnima. The next full Moon will be on Thursday morning, May 23, 2024, at 9:53 AM…

Hubble Views the Dawn of a Sun-like Star 

Looking like a glittering cosmic geode, a trio of dazzling stars blaze from the hollowed-out cavity of a reflection nebula in this new image from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The triple-star system is made up of the variable star HP…

Binoculars: A Great First Telescope

Do you want to peer deeper into the night sky? Are you feeling the urge to buy a telescope? There are so many options for budding astronomers that choosing one can be overwhelming. A first telescope should be easy to…

Sols 4182-4183: We Reached the South Side of Pinnacle Ridge… What’s Next?

Earth planning date: Friday, May 10, 2024 We planned quite a drive on Wednesday, with lots of twists and turns over very bumpy terrain, so the team was delighted to learn everything completed as planned when we received our downlink at…

Hubble Celebrates the 15th Anniversary of Servicing Mission 4

Fifteen years ago, human hands touched NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope for the last time. As astronauts performed finishing tasks on the telescope during its final servicing mission in May 2009, they knew they had successfully concluded one of the most…


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

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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.