FIGURE 2 Earth-rise image by the high-definition television onboard the lunar explorer KAGUYA. SOURCE: Courtesy of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation).

In another exchange, the question was how NASA can personalize space research if there is no astronaut component to the program. Nicholson said to “people-ize” it because “we do love listening to human stories.” She said that she had enjoyed listening to O’Brien’s story about Veronica McGregor and her Phoenix tweets. She believes a similar approach is being used for the Cassini spacecraft, but those tweets are not as personalized as what McGregor did with Phoenix.

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