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EVERY DAY PEOPLE AROUND THE COUNTRY AND GLOBE ARE PERFECTING TECHNOLOGIES AND EXPANDING CAPABILITIES TO MAKE INTERPLANETARY SPACE TRAVEL POSSIBLE.

Below you’ll find news and events related to our deep space mission and the progress that will enable us to get there.

Today’s Deep Space Extra for Friday, February 17, 2017

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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Experts favor a return to the moon with human explorers in testimony before a U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing on Thursday. Human Deep Space Exploration Moon is star of congressional hearing on NASA’s future USA Today (2/16): The U.S. should return human explorers to the moon’s surface, […]

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Today’s Deep Space Extra for Thursday, February 16, 2017

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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot, in a headline-making proposal, directs the agency to consider assigning astronauts to Exploration Mission-1, the first launch of the Space Launch System heavy lift rocket and Orion crew capsule. Human Deep Space Exploration NASA to study launching astronauts on first SLS mission Space News (2/15): In […]

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Today’s Deep Space Extra for Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA awaits word from the new Trump administration on human space exploration planning. Human Deep Space Exploration Cabana: NASA, KSC awaiting direction from Trump administration Florida Today (2/14): In remarks Tuesday before the National Space Club Florida Committee, Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana said the agency and Kennedy are still […]

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It’s a bumpy ride to space! So how does NASA make sure its massive new telescope headed to space can withstand the shaking of a rocket ride?

February 15th, 2017 JWST model, Credits: NASA/Chris Gunn

It’s a bumpy ride to space! So how does NASA make sure its massive new telescope headed to space can withstand the shaking of a rocket ride?

Shake it on the ground!

At NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, the new space telescope that will examine every phase of cosmic history is being shaken. James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will launch next year and observe the universe from 1.5 million km away.

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Orion, the new crew vehicle, is not only designed to send humans to one destination but to multiple destinations.

February 14th, 2017 Orion Artist rendering, Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

With the ongoing and essential work of small businesses around the country, a new spacecraft is being built for missions to carry humans to new and exciting deep space destinations.

Orion, the new crew vehicle, is not only designed to send humans to one destination but to multiple destinations. The spacecraft will expand human presence far into space and return them safely to the Earth. Already having achieved a successful test flight in 2014, Orion is on its way to launching next year atop NASA’s new rocket, Space Launch System (SLS).

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Today’s Deep Space Extra for Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… New strides in human space exploration and operations will require a deeper understanding of the risks as well as the rewards, one space veteran counsels. Human Deep Space Exploration Recalculating risk The Space Review (2/13): U.S. ambitions of venturing beyond low Earth orbit with human explorers, while partnering with the […]

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If you were sending a spacecraft to another planet, how would you know where to land?

February 13th, 2017 NE Syrtis, Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

If you were sending a spacecraft to another planet, how would you know where to land?

Last week, participants of a landing site workshop met to discuss just that for NASA’s 2020 rover that will land on Mars. The list of potential sites was narrowed down during the February 8-10 workshop held in Monrovia, CA.

Three sites were recommended for further evaluation: Northeast Syrtis, Jezero crater and Columbia Hills.

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Today’s Deep Space Extra for Monday, February 13, 2017

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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Trump administration backs the Space Launch System and Orion as it weighs future role for “new space.” Human Deep Space Exploration The big changes that may (not) be coming to NASA Space News (2/10): The Trump administration has signaled support for the Space Launch System and Orion crew capsule development […]

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