NEWS & EVENTS
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… U.S. House and Senate appropriators are working on a new 2018 budget continuing resolution to prevent a possible March 23 shutdown. Scott and Mark Kelly are still identical twins. NASA close to a decision on whether to include a drone on its Mars 2020 rover mission.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Legislation, the 2017 NASA Transition Authorization Act, and White House guidance from the new National Space Council should enable NASA to hold a steady course as he retires, according to Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot. Biotech, pharma and fiber optic production could help to transition the International Space Station from NASA to private sector operations. NASA’s Mars InSight lander moves from Colorado to California with great care.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… President Trump speaks of Mars and a possible U.S. military space corps, while addressing U.S. Marines in California on Tuesday. Theoretical physicist, author, lecturer Stephen Hawking dies.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA acting administrator Robert Lightfoot’s April 30 retirement plans place new urgency on establishing permanent agency leadership. Former Google Lunar X-Prize contestants forge ahead with commercial moon plans. Experts not ruling out habitable environments in the outer solar system.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s human deep space exploration ambitions are counting on advances in propulsion technology and heavy lift. China’s lunar far side lander/rover enters critical pre-launch test phase. NASA’s Steve Jurczyk moves to agency’s No. 3 position.