In Today’s Deep Space Extra… An omnibus 2018 spending bill, with additional funds for NASA and other federal agencies, moves to the White House for the president’s signature. New science continues to emerge from the long running Cassini mission to Saturn.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA spending climbs in 2018 omnibus appropriations bill intended to prevent a Friday shutdown of the U.S. federal government. U.S., Russian trio heads toward a docking with the International Space Station on Friday afternoon.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… U.S. and Russian crewmembers set for launch to the International Space Station today at 1:44 pm EST. Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot explains NASA’s difficult mission. U.S. House members call on Senate leadership to proceed with Jim Bridinstine’s nomination to lead NASA.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA calls on the private sector for commercial lunar lander concepts. Recent modeling suggests Mars had an early ocean.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The President’s assurances about establishing a space corps, and about human explorers to Mars in the near future, fall under scrutiny. NASA’s Deep Space Network, utilized for science missions and a lot more, is in need of more funding. China’s next moon mission, Chang’e 4, a soft landing on the moon’s far side, is prepared to launch in two phases this year. Three U.S. and Russian astronauts launch to the International Space Station this week.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… U.S. House and Senate appropriators are working on a new 2018 budget continuing resolution to prevent a possible March 23 shutdown. Scott and Mark Kelly are still identical twins. NASA close to a decision on whether to include a drone on its Mars 2020 rover mission.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Legislation, the 2017 NASA Transition Authorization Act, and White House guidance from the new National Space Council should enable NASA to hold a steady course as he retires, according to Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot. Biotech, pharma and fiber optic production could help to transition the International Space Station from NASA to private sector operations. NASA’s Mars InSight lander moves from Colorado to California with great care.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… President Trump speaks of Mars and a possible U.S. military space corps, while addressing U.S. Marines in California on Tuesday. Theoretical physicist, author, lecturer Stephen Hawking dies.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA acting administrator Robert Lightfoot’s April 30 retirement plans place new urgency on establishing permanent agency leadership. Former Google Lunar X-Prize contestants forge ahead with commercial moon plans. Experts not ruling out habitable environments in the outer solar system.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s human deep space exploration ambitions are counting on advances in propulsion technology and heavy lift. China’s lunar far side lander/rover enters critical pre-launch test phase. NASA’s Steve Jurczyk moves to agency’s No. 3 position.