In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s science, economic and inspirational impact are far reaching. In Las Vegas, Bigelow Aerospace and NASA are evaluating an expandable space habitat. Another extra solar object, Comet Borisov, may have moved into the neighborhood.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA managers offer a positive outlook for the Artemis human return to the Moon initiative. Plans for the launch of China’s space station appear to slip.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Launch pad fire delays Japanese cargo mission launch to the International Space Station (ISS). India’s efforts to re-establish communications with the Chandrayaan-2 moon lander continue, as the opportunity for surface operations fades.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The assembly of the first Space Launch System (SLS) core stage moves ahead. The fate of India’s efforts to soft land a spacecraft on the Moon, Chandrayaan-2 suggest once again that landing on the Moon will be a challenge for NASA and its commercial and international partners.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel expresses concern over Artemis leadership gap. Florida’s Space Coast launch facilities escape major damage from Hurricane Dorian. India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission lander goes silent prior to attempted Moon landing.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Integration of NASA’s Space Launch System continues as engine section is moved into place. India is poised Friday to join the small circle of nations that have soft landed spacecraft at the Moon. Meanwhile, efforts in the U.S., public and private, to enable a human return to the Moon and one day missions to Mars continue to unfold.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Multinational astronauts drill in the Pacific to assess training strategies for future Moon missions. Hurricane Dorian moves away from Florida’s Atlantic Coast as teams assess post storm damage to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC). NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) equips the Mars 2020 rover with a small helicopter scout.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The Trump administration lists space exploration and commercialization among the nation’s top R&D priorities for 2021. The Japanese Space Agency seeks funds to participate in lunar Gateway. Hurricane Dorian begins to turn away from Florida’s Atlantic Coast, home to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… U.S. leadership in space promises dividends from a growing space economy. NASA’s international partners pledge support for an early lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway. Florida’s space coast braces for a brush with Dorian.
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