In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Though slowed by a record partial U.S. government shutdown, NASA workers are moving ahead with efforts to support Commercial Crew Program test flights this year and prepare the Space Launch System (SLS) for its inaugural test flight.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas, plans to re-introduce legislation that would extend NASA’s oversight of the International Space Station (ISS) from 2024 to 2030. The new chair of the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Eddie Bernice Johnson, plans a deeper assessment of future NASA objectives.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys appears close to resuming science operations. China’s Chang’e 4 lunar far side lander powers down for the lunar night. Protesters express support for ending the partial U.S. government shutdown, which has led workers at NASA, NOAA and other civilian agencies to go without pay.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Partial U.S. government shutdown threatens to slow NASA Space Launch System (SLS) development. NASA’s Jim Bridenstine and Russia’s Dmitry Rogozin speak by phone after an invitation for the Russian space agency head is rescinded. China says cotton seed has sprouted on the Moon’s far side.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Strides in space anticipated for 2019, though many involved are dealing with an early partial U.S. government shutdown and plans by SpaceX to reduce its commercial workforce. An International Space Station (ISS) cargo mission returned to Earth early Monday. NASA’s Mars InSight lander powers up its seismic sensor to study the Red Planet’s internal activities.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Hubble space telescope operators express confidence they will overcome a problem with the observatory’s primary camera. China’s lunar rover offers panoramic views of the Moon’s far side. NASA’s workforce among those in the federal workforce dealing with a growing partial U.S. government shutdown.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Space council advisory group to study role of human space exploration supporting science. NASA works to troubleshoot a problem with the Hubble Space Telescope’s primary camera. The dragon in Orion’s nebula.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… National Space Club and Foundation announces winner of 2019 Goddard trophy. Red dwarfs, the most plentiful stars in the Milky Way, may not be the best places to find extant life. Enthusiasm among startups for asteroid mining appears to be waning. Blue Origin remains optimistic that its first suborbital launch with humans aboard will unfold this year.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Russia was not pleased to learn an invitation to its space agency chief from his NASA counterpart has been withdrawn. A partial U.S. government shutdown has introduced uncertainty into a launch date for the first NASA Commercial Crew Program test flight. China’s Chang’e 4 Yutu 2 lunar rover takes a breather.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA rescinds an invitation to Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s space agency chief, to visit the U.S. Limited NASA Space Launch System (SLS) development activities proceed despite a partial U.S. government shutdown. Japan refines its Hayabusa 2 landing strategy at the asteroid Ryugu.