NEWS & EVENTS
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s plans for a lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway in the 2020s offer the world’s space agencies an opportunity to prepare for the human exploration of Mars as well as the Moon. Japan’s Hayabusa 2 mission deploys two small camera equipped landers to the surface of the asteroid Ryugu. Japan’s seventh resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) launched Saturday and should reach the six person orbiting lab on Thursday.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… U.S. aerospace companies are working with NASA to develop habitats for future human deep space explorers. Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft descends to the asteroid Ryugu for small lander deployments. Northrop Grumman test fires new solid rocket motor in Utah desert.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Boeing and SpaceX discussed their NASA commercial crew safety objectives at the AIAA’s Space Forum in Orlando, Florida, this week. The annual Space Forum also provided NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and five of his predecessors an opportunity to reflect on recent U.S. human space exploration initiatives. The Martian surface reveals evidence of recent geological activity. Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos pledges continued significant investments in commercial rocket and launch facility development.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… In Europe, Airbus achieves an integration milestone in the preparation of the European service module that is to provide power and propulsion for NASA’s Orion crew exploration capsule. NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) discovers its first extra solar planet.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s return to the Moon with U.S. astronauts will prepare the technologies and capabilities necessary for the human exploration of Mars, Administrator Jim Bridenstine tells the annual AIAA Space Forum gathered in Orlando this week. SpaceX founder Elon Musk presents Japan’s Yusaku Maezawa, a wealthy clothing manufacturer who is prepared to pay to launch around the Moon on a Big Falcon Rocket (BFR).