NEWS & EVENTS
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Spacewalking NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Nick Hague are to initiate a power storage battery change out outside the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday. The White House National Space Council meeting planned for next Tuesday may focus on accelerating efforts to make a sustained U.S. return to the lunar surface with human explorers.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Efforts to develop the best formula for overcoming the challenges of human deep space exploration are unfolding around the world. U.S. and Japanese asteroid sample return missions are so far providing surprises as well as lots of science. Mars quivers, according to NASA’s InSight lander.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Discussions over the timing for a sustained human return to the Moon are unfolding this week in Russia as well as the U.S. At the same time, scientists gathered for the annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in the Houston area are announcing findings from two asteroid sample return missions, each marked by surprising discoveries as well as challenge.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s plans for a lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway gain a new international partners. Budget details suggest NASA’s 2020 Mars rover is dealing with a rise in cost. Though primitive, the Kuiper Belt Object Ultima Thule explored by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on New Year’s Day appears complex in its geology, chemistry and physics.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Lunar ice could be a major resource for human deep space exploration. Researchers find potential latent health concern for human space exploration. Russia revives launch plans for International Space Station (ISS) science module. More White House 2020 budget proposal details expected Monday.