NEWS & EVENTS
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The U.S. Senate and House found a bipartisan path to avoid another partial government shutdown, while funding agencies like NASA through September 30. Meanwhile, NASA brass met Thursday with commercial launch services providers to stress an urgency over returning to the Moon, first with science and tech payloads, then human explorers. Praise for the Opportunity rover’s long mission at Mars just keeps coming.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Legislation that could prevent another partial U.S. government shutdown emerged late Wednesday for action by both houses of Congress and the White House. NASA Stennis restarts RS-25 testing. NASA ends record Opportunity rover mission at Mars. SpaceX protests NASA launch services contract award for Jupiter asteroid mission.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Efforts continue between the White House and Congress to avert a second partial U.S. government shutdown on Friday that would affect a range of civilian agencies, including NASA. NASA to address efforts to regain communications with the Opportunity rover on Mars, lost in late June 2018 during a global dust storm.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s independent Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) underscores the need for safety as the agency’s Commercial Crew Program prepares for test flights of the new Boeing CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX Crew Dragon. Congress and the White House may be close to a deal that would avert another partial government shutdown on Friday.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s 13th administrator calls on American companies. NASA seeking proposals for lunar lander system. Russia looks to develop new rockets for exploration. Slingshot joins the small satellite launch provider community. New images reveal Ultima Thule looking nothing like a snowman.