In Today’s Deep Space Extra… President Trump’s forthcoming 2019 budget proposal to include NASA human lunar exploration details. China space surge unfolding. U.S. Senate to convene Monday for vote to reopen the federal government. NASA moving ahead with Tuesday spacewalk despite government shutdown.
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.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Commercial Crew Program lists delays in SpaceX piloted and unpiloted test flights planned for 2018. NASA’s Kennedy Space Center hosted a tribute to John Young, the Apollo era astronaut who died January 5, on Thursday. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter finds evidence of ice deposits, a potential resource for future human explorers, on the Red Planet.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Some astronomers and engineers believe astronauts should play a significant role in the assembly and servicing of future space telescopes. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has achieved a significant pre-launch milestone thanks to lengthy thermal vacuum chamber testing at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… National Space Council deadline for nominations today. Why American needs an upper stage rocket. Europe’s Arianespace anticipates record number of launches in 2018.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… President Trump renominates Jim Bridenstine to lead NASA. NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot named 2018 Rotary National Space Trophy recipient. NASA’s plan for returning to the moon awaits policy direction and funding.