In Today’s Deep Space Extra… At the Moon, future human explorers will learn to tackle the challenges of exploring Mars, according to policy makers and space veterans. NASA offers the public an upfront and personal opportunity to follow along as Mars InSight attempts a November 26 landing on the Red Planet. U.S. and Russian re-supply missions slated to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) just hours apart on Friday.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine visits Canada to discuss a role in plans for a U.S. lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway. Science activities aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have not stalled in response to an October 11 Russian soyuz launch abort that has limited the crew to three into early December. The U.S. Congress has much to address before the current session ends in early January.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA plans to include laser communications aboard the Orion capsule under development to launch astronauts on future missions of deep space exploration. New space technologies and private benefactors may open a door for non-government planetary science missions.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine stresses a human return to the Moon will prepare explorers for their next destination, Mars. The European Space Agency’s (ESA) vision of a Moon Village would offer a further opportunity for international cooperation in the human exploration of space.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Impact and results of U.S. Congressional Mid Term elections continues to unfold. FAA grants a space launch license to the Cape Canaveral Shuttle Spaceport Landing Facility on Florida’s Space Coast.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Assessments of this week’s Congressional mid-term election outcome on U.S. space policy gets underway. Japan’s seventh re-supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) draws to a close.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The first European Space Agency (ESA) service module for NASA’s Orion crew capsule reached NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on Tuesday. Tuesday’s U.S. mid-term congressional elections will bring changes to House and Senate committees responsible for NASA funding and space policy making.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The outcome of Tuesday’s U.S. Congressional elections could alter the makeup of the House and Senate panels responsible for NASA appropriations and policy. Might Ceres lure justify a Dawn II mission? With NASA’s Mars bound InSight lander, it’s all about the underground.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) Orion Capsule will receive its European service module this week, a milestone in efforts to prepare the spacecraft and the Space Launch System (SLS) for their inaugural joint test flight, an mission that will send Orion and the service module around the Moon and back to Earth without crew.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Russia’s federal space agency announces formal conclusions from its investigation into the safe but dramatic soyuz rocket launch abort with NASA astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin aboard. Russia plans to resume soyuz launches with International Space Station (ISS) crews on December 3. NASA’s ground breaking Dawn mission to the asteroid belt has come to a close.