NEWS & EVENTS
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… President Trump’s nomination of Jim Bridenstine, an Oklahoma congressman and veteran U.S. Navy aviator, to become NASA administrator advanced Thursday for consideration by the full Senate. U.S. government agencies, including NASA, face a midnight Friday shutdown of all but critical activities, if Congress cannot agree on a new continuing budget resolution — this one effective through February 16.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA joined U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) auditors before the House Space Subcommittee to discuss the status of efforts to certify new Boeing and SpaceX spacecraft for the transport of astronauts to the International Space Station. Private companies finding economic promise in the moon. Pulsars offer resource for deep space navigation. Luxembourg and China to cooperate in seeking space resources.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Rocket engine test advances preparations for first Space Launch System (SLS)/Orion test flight with astronauts. Origins of alien asteroid Oumaumau explained. Russian and Europe collaborate on ice seeking lunar lander. Meteorite lights up Detroit, explodes.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Canadian astronaut to begin NASA training. James Webb Space Telescope are on the move from NASA JSC to California. President Trump’s nominee to lead NASA faces Senate challenge.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Latest NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel report examines efforts to launch first Commercial Crew and Orion missions. U.S. National security mission launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Chinese rocket booster falls near populated region. U.S. Senate panel meets Wednesday to further consider the nomination of Jim Bridenstine to become NASA administrator.