In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA is looking ahead to a return to the Moon as it marks the 49th anniversary on Friday of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. A new approach offers a sustained human presence in the lunar environs with commercial and international themes to prepare human explorers for Mars and other deep space destinations. China plans a mega rocket. NASA signs a cooperative agreement with the space agency of the UAE.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The U.S. private sector is striving to help shape future lunar exploration as well as low Earth orbit operations. NASA readies a first ever mission to the sun for an early August liftoff. Blue Origin’s New Shepard achieves another milestone in its bid to begin suborbital passenger flight.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, among those attending the Farnborough International Air Show in the U.K. this week, discussed deep space exploration plans with his European counterparts. More details about a joint lunar exploration effort could be unveiled this fall. Life on Mars? It may be underground. Astronomers detect even more volcanic activity on Jupiter’s moon Io.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA and its Commercial Crew Program partners face scrutiny over test flight schedules. Far from Earth artificial intelligence could become an essential tool for exploration and discovery. A new European solid rocket motor clears a test milestone.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine sizes up the Moon’s value to the future of human deep space exploration. NASA’s new exo-planet hunter, TESS, nears the end of post launch checkout. The U.K. selects northern Scotland for a future spaceport. European Space Agency chief Jan Worner calls on member states for innovative space transportation proposals.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… President Trump nominates U.S. Senate staffer James Morhard to become NASA’s deputy administrator. NASA’s Orion capsule stands up to rigorous Lockheed Martin ground testing.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Commercial Crew Program faces delays in efforts to certify Boeing and SpaceX for transportation of astronauts to and from the International Space Station, according to a government audit. Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems’ Cygnus cargo capsule used its propulsion systems this week to boost the altitude of the nearly one million pound ISS, a first. U.S. aerospace and defense sales contribute significantly to U.S. exports and the nation’s economy, according to an AIA assessment.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The Block 1 version of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) may kickoff missions of the powerful rocket with multiple launches and payloads. NASA taking a second fast paced look at its lunar lander options for mid to large payloads.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Russian Progress cargo reaches Space Station. Mars 2020 team adds 4th candidate to landing site. Mars dust storms may finally be calming down.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Policy makers weigh the challenges of establishing a public/private alternative to the NASA managed International Space Station. Russia prepares a third attempt at an expedited cargo mission to the Space Station. NASA’s Kepler mission suspends observations as fuel reserves decline. NASA and the European Space Agency agree on a strategy for a Mars sample return mission.