In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Lawmakers press NASA for Artemis Moon landing details. NASA’s first return to the Moon with astronauts, Artemis 3 is unlikely prior to late 2024.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Gateway strategy is unfolding as planned. Russia plans to assess the hardware life of its International Space Station (ISS) elements. NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) are working toward a joint mission to return samples of Martian rock and soil to Earth for analysis.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA targeting second half of 2024 for human Moon landing. Huge, mysterious ‘bubbles’ discovered at the heart of the Milky Way. ISS receives call from Brad Pitt.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Artemis strategy remains a topic for discussion, and the House Space, Science and Technology subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics will hold a hearing on SLS, Orion and Exploration Ground Systems on Wednesday. The fate of India’s Vikram moon lander could become clear this week. WFIRST will help uncover the universe’s fate. NASA wins two Emmy awards.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s science, economic and inspirational impact are far reaching. In Las Vegas, Bigelow Aerospace and NASA are evaluating an expandable space habitat. Another extra solar object, Comet Borisov, may have moved into the neighborhood.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA managers offer a positive outlook for the Artemis human return to the Moon initiative. Plans for the launch of China’s space station appear to slip.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Launch pad fire delays Japanese cargo mission launch to the International Space Station (ISS). India’s efforts to re-establish communications with the Chandrayaan-2 moon lander continue, as the opportunity for surface operations fades.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The assembly of the first Space Launch System (SLS) core stage moves ahead. The fate of India’s efforts to soft land a spacecraft on the Moon, Chandrayaan-2 suggest once again that landing on the Moon will be a challenge for NASA and its commercial and international partners.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel expresses concern over Artemis leadership gap. Florida’s Space Coast launch facilities escape major damage from Hurricane Dorian. India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission lander goes silent prior to attempted Moon landing.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Integration of NASA’s Space Launch System continues as engine section is moved into place. India is poised Friday to join the small circle of nations that have soft landed spacecraft at the Moon. Meanwhile, efforts in the U.S., public and private, to enable a human return to the Moon and one day missions to Mars continue to unfold.