WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Coalition for Deep Space Exploration (Coalition) congratulates Dr. Ellen Stofan, a member of its Board of Advisors, on her appointment as the new Director of the National Air and Space Museum. Stofan previously served as the Chief Scientist at NASA from 2013-2016 and has worked on a range of NASA space science programs with a focus on planetary geology and has been a strong voice advocating for both human space exploration and space science. She will be the first woman to lead the museum and follows Gen. Jack Dailey who led the museum for 18 years as the longest-serving director.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Small Lander Initiative intends to increase capabilities of private sector to land increasingly larger payloads on the lunar surface. NASA briefs advisory council on Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) progress. Boeing, SpaceX advance NASA’s commercial crew initiative with parachute tests. European space debris removal demonstration reaches the International Space Station.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Astronauts aboard the International Space Station grapple a newly arrived commercial re-supply capsule filled with 5,800 pounds of supplies, science experiments and technology demonstrations. New Space Launch System (SLS) hardware reaches NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, where assembly of the SLS Mobile launcher also continues. Bumblebee like robots could extend exploration efforts on Mars.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A new cargo mission is expected to reach the International Space Station early Wednesday. Astronomers find the most distant star yet and a huge Mercury like planet.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA astronauts install wireless communications antennas and a new camera assembly outside the International Space Station. Washington symposium focuses on opportunities, challenges of lunar exploration.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA astronauts are to spacewalk outside the International Space Station today. Careful scientific and political support has enabled the U.S. to robotically explore much of the solar system. NASA readies TESS, a new mission to identify extra solar planets around the nearest stars.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA announces a launch delay for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to grant the U.S., European and Canadian space observatory the best chance for success with pre-launch testing. The five to ten year mission to study the earliest star systems and extra solar planets could get underway in 2020.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA discusses factors under consideration in the reorganization of the agency’s space technology development activities with the NASA Advisory Council’s Human Exploration and Operations Subcommittee yesterday. NASA plans to discuss the status of James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) launch plans today.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Coalition for Deep Space Exploration (Coalition) applauds the enactment of the FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act, which includes a record $21.7 billion funding level for NASA, including strong funding levels for the agency’s exploration and space science programs. The bill increased funding for NASA by more than $1 billion above the FY 2017 levels, with a nearly $500 million increase to space science missions, nearly $500 million increase for human exploration systems and nearly $100 million increase for space technology programs.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A new White House U.S. National Space Strategy is to underpin U.S. leadership in space operations and exploration. The new 2018 omnibus appropriations measure boosts work on NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and planetary science. Scheduled to launch soon, NASA’s TESS mission will seek new extra solar planets like Earth. NASA’s Curiosity rover passes the 2,000th Martian day mark.