In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Houston congressman urges multi-year appropriation for NASA to stabilize Artemis lunar initiative. Three from NASA to enter U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. Voting underway to name NASA’s Mars 2020 rover.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA spacewalking astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch complete the latest external battery upgrade on the International Space Station (ISS). NASA and SpaceX Commercial Crew test flight could be extended to increase Space Station crew in 2020. U.S. and China plan possible civil space dialogue in March.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA expected to detail costs for fast-track Moon landing program next month. NASA and SpaceX’s weather delayed Commercial Crew Program launch abort test was carried out as planned on Sunday. NASA receives funding to continue development of a hazardous asteroid detection mission.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Christina Koch continues to break the glass ceiling for women, 250 miles up. A dedicated workforce addresses challenges developing the Space Launch System (SLS) heavy lift rocket day by day.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch conducted a successful spacewalk Wednesday to equip the International Space Station (ISS) with new batteries. The Space Launch System (SLS) core stage is at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi beginning a series of tests leading up to a “green run” ground test firing later this year. Engineers declare Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner in good shape after its first orbital test flight in December.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Spacewalks outside of the ISS resumed this morning to upgrade the spacecraft’s power systems. Mars2020, slated to launch in July, is the first step in returning samples to Earth from Mars. Gen. John “Jay” Raymond sworn in as the first chief of space operations for the U.S. Space Force.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is preparing for another major flight test milestone early Saturday. The competition for a place in NASA’s human lunar lander development initiative grows.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA declares 13 astronaut candidates eligible for flight assignments, following two years of basic training. NASA intern discovers extra solar planet. Astronomers and small satellite operators join to address concerns over reflected light.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA will welcome the graduation of 11 astronaut candidates on Friday, the first to join the corps under the Artemis initiative to return to the surface of the Moon with human explorers. Japan’s Hayabusa2 may take up a new mission after dropping off samples from its asteroid mission to Ryugu.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The initial Space Launch System (SLS) core stage for the first joint launch with an Orion capsule on an uncrewed test flight around the Moon left the factory on Wednesday. NASA may seek more investment from commercial partners selected to develop lunar landers for the Artemis initiative in response to a pre-Christmas appropriation for 2020 that was less then requested by NASA.