In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A strategy to accelerate a return of human explorers to the surface of the Moon from 2028 to 2024 continue to emerge. A congressional consensus, however, awaits. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine receives praise from the National Space Society (NSS) for backing NEOCam, a space infrared telescope mission to help identify Near Earth Objects posing an impact threat to Earth.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Congress begins to address NASA’s proposed 2020 budget and its supplement and efforts to accelerate a human return to the lunar surface. China’s lunar south pole rover confirms the Moon has a crust and mantle.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s plans for lunar return include landing the first woman on the lunar surface. Education advocates oppose a $1.6 billion 2020 NASA budget supplement that proposes to redirect funds from the Pell Grant reserves. NASA awards $106 million to U.S. small businesses developing technology to support lunar exploration and development. Troubleshooting continues on the Mars Insight heat probe.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine cheers efforts to accelerate the return of human explorers to the surface of the Moon by 2024 in remarks before the Human to Mars Summit and in a town hall meeting with agency employees. A new model of the Martian water cycle may explain how the atmosphere was stripped away from the Red Planet.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The White House announced late Monday it will seek an additional $1.6 billion for NASA in 2020 to help accelerate plans to return human explorers to the surface of the Moon from 2028 to 2024. The congressional request supplements the $21 billion NASA spending plan for the fiscal year beginning October 1 and presented to lawmakers on March 11.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s efforts to meet a new 2024 deadline for a human return to the surface of the Moon and how it will be funded continue to provide a rich topic of discussion with the space community. But the effort, a partnership between NASA and the private sector and international partner, is beginning produce potential significant elements.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Blue Origin presents its version of a commercial lunar lander that could join NASA’s efforts to return to the surface of the Moon with human explorers by 2024. Some experts are not ruling out some form of life on Mars. A plentiful sub Neptune class of extra solar planets may offer water worlds.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Members of the House Space Subcommittee expressed frustration Wednesday over the delay of a 2020 President’s Budget Request supplement for NASA, to include proposed steps and costs for an accelerated human return to the Moon. Boeing unveils plans for a lunar orbiting human tended Gateway. Blue Origin will make an announcement about their plans in a media event today.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… International Space Station (ISS) experiments seek insight into health challenges for human deep space explorers. Intense solar activity may be headed toward Earth. Debris from Indian ASAT test still in orbit.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Vice President Mike Pence reasserts the administration’s commitment to space in a speech at the 2019 Satellite Conference. NASA’s latest cargo mission to the six person International Space Station (ISS) reached its destination early Monday as the ISS hits its stride in science. NASA’s plans for a human landing in 2024 begin to take shape.