In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA is moving ahead with plans for a second Mobile Launch Platform (MLP) for Space Launch System (SLS)/Orion missions. Psychology as well as technology appears a likely challenge for human deep space exploration.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… New supplies, launched Monday, reached the International Space Station astronauts early Thursday. Experts confront an imaging issue with a new NOAA weather satellite. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tells Senate panel he’s committed to overcoming challenges with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The International Space Station’s many contributions to innovation include 3-D printing and assessing the value of astronauts in orbit working with robots on planetary surfaces. The U.S. Postal Service commemorates Sally Ride, the first U.S. female astronaut, with a Forever stamp.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Too soon to set a date for reaching Mars with human explorers? Maybe. New NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine fills two top agency executive positions.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Congress listens to concerns over the International Space Station’s future. Orbital ATK’s ninth NASA contracted cargo mission heads to the ISS from Virginia’s Eastern shore. A Chinese communications satellite launch is to support a robotic lander/rover mission to moon’s far side.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A 2019 NASA funding measure that supports future human deep space exploration earns U.S. House Appropriations Committee backing. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine predicts continued development of the technically challenging Wide Field Infrared Space Telescope. Orbital ATK’s ninth NASA contracted cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) is set to launch early Sunday.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The White House and NASA are starting with small but quick steps toward returning human deep space exploration to the moon’s surface and beyond. China wraps up a long ground simulation of a human moon mission. A NASA Mars Insight mission CubeSat companion looks back at Earth, sends an image.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Mark Geyer named as the next Director of the Johnson Space Center. A new study suggests that Jupiter’s ice and ocean covered moon Europa is a source of eruptive plumes that could mean it hosts a habitable environment. Australia forms a space agency.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Human to Mars Summit finds synergies in human Moon/Mars exploration. NASA adds a drone to its Mars 2020 rover.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA moves ahead with development of its Orion crew capsule and its escape system for a crucial April 2019 test launch. A 2019 NASA budget measure approved by a U.S. House appropriations subcommittee this week furthers efforts to send a planetary science flyby mission to Europa, a moon of Jupiter with a potentially habitable environment.