FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. March 26, 2019. The Coalition for Deep Space Exploration’s Comments on March 26 National Space Council Meeting. WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Coalition for Deep Space Exploration applauds Vice President Pence and members of the National Space Council for their leadership in calling for the return of humans to the surface of the Moon at the South Pole by 2024.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The White House National Space Council gathers Tuesday to continue discuss of human lunar exploration plans. Blue Origin unveils plans for a rocket production facility expansion at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC).
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Spacewalking NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Nick Hague are to initiate a power storage battery change out outside the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday. The White House National Space Council meeting planned for next Tuesday may focus on accelerating efforts to make a sustained U.S. return to the lunar surface with human explorers.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Efforts to develop the best formula for overcoming the challenges of human deep space exploration are unfolding around the world. U.S. and Japanese asteroid sample return missions are so far providing surprises as well as lots of science. Mars quivers, according to NASA’s InSight lander.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Discussions over the timing for a sustained human return to the Moon are unfolding this week in Russia as well as the U.S. At the same time, scientists gathered for the annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in the Houston area are announcing findings from two asteroid sample return missions, each marked by surprising discoveries as well as challenge.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s plans for a lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway gain a new international partners. Budget details suggest NASA’s 2020 Mars rover is dealing with a rise in cost. Though primitive, the Kuiper Belt Object Ultima Thule explored by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on New Year’s Day appears complex in its geology, chemistry and physics.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Lunar ice could be a major resource for human deep space exploration. Researchers find potential latent health concern for human space exploration. Russia revives launch plans for International Space Station (ISS) science module. More White House 2020 budget proposal details expected Monday.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Two NASA astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut launched and docked to the International Space Station (ISS) late Thursday, returning the orbiting science to six person operations for the first time since December. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine’s remarks this week about the possible exchange of the SLS for a commercial launch of Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) continues to cause a stir.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… U.S. and Russian astronauts are set to launch from Kazakhstan to the International Space Station (ISS) late Thursday. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine weighs options to keep Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) on schedule for a June 2020 launch, the first joining Orion and the SLS rocket for an uncrewed multi week test flight around the Moon. Alternatives include turning to a commercial launch alternative.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. March 13, 2019. Coalition for Deep Space Exploration Statement Following Senate Commerce Hearing with the NASA Administrator. WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning at a hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, NASA Administrator Bridenstine mentioned that NASA is investigating an alternate approach to flying an Orion crew vehicle and European Service Module (SM) to the Moon by June of 2020.