In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Mark Geyer named as the next Director of the Johnson Space Center. A new study suggests that Jupiter’s ice and ocean covered moon Europa is a source of eruptive plumes that could mean it hosts a habitable environment. Australia forms a space agency.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Human to Mars Summit finds synergies in human Moon/Mars exploration. NASA adds a drone to its Mars 2020 rover.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA moves ahead with development of its Orion crew capsule and its escape system for a crucial April 2019 test launch. A 2019 NASA budget measure approved by a U.S. House appropriations subcommittee this week furthers efforts to send a planetary science flyby mission to Europa, a moon of Jupiter with a potentially habitable environment.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine emphasizes the link between future efforts to return U.S. astronauts to the Moon and efforts to reach Mars with human explorers. NASA’s U.S. House Appropriations subcommittee (Commerce, Justice, Science) quickly marks up a $21.5 billion 2019 NASA spending bill on Wednesday, or $1.6 billion more than the White House request.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A House appropriations bill released May 8 offers more than $21.5 billion for NASA in fiscal year 2019. New NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine promises that NASA and the nation will not back off a human return to the Moon. NASA should operate the International Space Station (ISS), which has been permanently occupied by astronauts since 2000, for as long as possible, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz told a Human to Mars Summit session in Washington. Cruz chairs a Senate subcommittee that authorizes the space agency. China plans reusable rocket test.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s new administrator, Jim Bridenstine, faces a challenge in establishing a public/private formula for placing hardware and then humans on the lunar surface. A major new observatory is rising from the Chilean desert. The White House appears close to unveiling its new Space Situational Awareness strategy.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… SpaceX is using powerful technology that could put lives at risk. InSight had a successful launch on Saturday in California atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas 5 rocket. The annual Human to Mars Summit is also underway in Washington Tuesday through Thursday.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA, United Launch Alliance (ULA) prepare the Mars Insight lander for a Saturday launch attempt. Pre-launch testing finds the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) may have a fastener issue. The internet competes with space industry for workforce talent.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… White House official foresees the Moon as a critical “first stop” for human deep space explorers. Boeing’s CEO predicts thriving low Earth orbit economy. NASA unveils fission reactor for planetary surface activities. Australia establishes a space agency.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA clears the Mars Insight lander’s heat shield for launch on Saturday. NASA looks to the U.S. private sector for future lunar lander missions. The annual U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit of NASA’s major projects finds that cost and schedule performance has declined.