In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Boeing and SpaceX discussed their NASA commercial crew safety objectives at the AIAA’s Space Forum in Orlando, Florida, this week. The annual Space Forum also provided NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and five of his predecessors an opportunity to reflect on recent U.S. human space exploration initiatives. The Martian surface reveals evidence of recent geological activity. Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos pledges continued significant investments in commercial rocket and launch facility development.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… In Europe, Airbus achieves an integration milestone in the preparation of the European service module that is to provide power and propulsion for NASA’s Orion crew exploration capsule. NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) discovers its first extra solar planet.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s return to the Moon with U.S. astronauts will prepare the technologies and capabilities necessary for the human exploration of Mars, Administrator Jim Bridenstine tells the annual AIAA Space Forum gathered in Orlando this week. SpaceX founder Elon Musk presents Japan’s Yusaku Maezawa, a wealthy clothing manufacturer who is prepared to pay to launch around the Moon on a Big Falcon Rocket (BFR).
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… U.S. and Russian space agency heads Jim Bridenstine and Dmitry Rogozin agree to meet October 10, as a Russian led investigation into a small leak in the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS) continues. Jody Singer named Director of the Marshall Space Flight Center. SpaceX announces another mission around the Moon with a paying customer, this time with the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR). A similar mission announced for 2018 never materialized. NASA’s ice-monitoring mission prepares for launch aboard the last Delta II rocket. As Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’s commercial space ambitions soar so does the company’s stock value.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA on Wednesday wrapped up a decade of testing the parachute recovery system for the Orion crew capsule. NASA exploration exec predicts the agency’s planned human tended lunar Gateway and science objectives will lead astronauts back to the lunar surface by the end of the 2030s.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… International Space Station (ISS) commander Drew Feustel, of NASA, offered assurances on Tuesday, his crew was not responsible for a small hole discovered August 29-30 in one of two Soyuz crew transport capsules docked to the Station’s Russian segment. Exploration best explains the value of human spaceflight, according to noted space historian. Osiris-Rex eyes target sample return asteroid Bennu. NASA, NOAA offer compelling space views of mighty Hurricane Florence.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s human tended lunar Gateway promises to be more than a space station. NASA’s soon to conclude Dawn mission finds the dwarf planet Ceres, another outer solar system body rich in water ice and a possibly habitable environment. Investors lured to small sats.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 10, 2018 COALITION FOR DEEP SPACE EXPLORATION TAPS LONG-TIME CONGRESSIONAL STAFFER, CHRISTEN KAPAVIK, TO LEAD OPERATIONS AND MEMBERSHIP WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Coalition for Deep Space Exploration (Coalition) today announced Christen Kapavik has joined the nonprofit organization as its new Director of Strategic Alliances and Operations. A long-time Congressional staffer, Kapavik […]
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Parachute test helps prepare NASA’s Mars 2020 rover for its arrival at Mars. Researchers find the International Astronomical Union erred when it removed Pluto from “planet” status. Neil DeGrasse Tyson calls on future U.S. Space Force to protect Earth from asteroid impact and sweep up orbital debris. A new documentary, Earthrise, pays tribute to NASA’s Apollo 8 mission. U.S. House appropriators will meet this week on new James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) funding needs.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra…. Plans for NASA’s Gateway, a lunar orbiting, human tended space station continue to mature, though some experts wonder whether it should be staffed by astronauts. Roscosmos, the Russian state space agency, continues its investigation into the source of a small hole discovered in the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS) last week and plugged. Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft flies near the asteroid Ryugu as it prepares to deploy landers for sample collection and eventual return to Earth.