In Today’s Deep Space Extra… As the 50th anniversary of the first human Moon landing approaches, Apollo 11 on July 20, the discussion over how best to return and when ramps up. Russia envisions a role for 3-D manufacturing in the production of a Moon settlement using lunar soil. Dust swirls at the Martian north pole.
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Orion program and its contractor team cheered the success Tuesday of the Ascent Abort Test-2 launch and three minute flight from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The test demonstrated a critical technology developed to protect the lives of NASA astronauts assigned to the Moon and other deep space destinations.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS)/Orion Launch Abort System underwent a critical test early this morning. The hardware is an essential part of U.S. efforts to return to the surface of the Moon in 2024 with human explorers, where they are to establish a sustainable presence to prepare for the future exploration of Mars.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Lots of ground activities, and a major flight test in support of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion crew capsule development are underway this week. Human Space Exploration Biggest hurdles to reaching the Moon and Mars are not technicalThe Hill (6/29): NASA’s successes, including landing the first human explorers […]
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA plans an uncrewed flight test of the Orion Launch Abort System early next week. The agency has selected Titan, a moon of Saturn, as the destination for a bold mission called Dragonfly, one with a drone rotor craft equipped to survey conditions at a place perhaps similar to Earth before life emerged. Sunday is Asteroid Day, and a full solar eclipse is coming to regions of South America next Tuesday.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Japan sets July 11 as the date for a second landing of its Hayabusa 2 spacecraft of the surface of the asteroid Ryugu to collect samples for return to Earth. Well preserved Moon rocks collected by the Apollo astronauts will be subjected to study using new generations of laboratory equipment.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA contracts for a key piece of ground hardware at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) to support an accelerated and sustainable human return to the lunar surface. Spike in Mars methane concentration continues to intrigue. Israel’s Space IL will not attempt a lunar return after all. Remembering Apollo 11.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA astronaut Anne McClain, joined by Canadian and Russian crew mates returned safely to Earth late Monday, following a 204 day mission to the International Space Station (ISS). NASA seeks proposals for a space station commercial module. Pentagon faces changes in space leadership.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The first woman to walk on the Moon could well be a current astronaut, according to NASA’s administrator. Future Artemis Moon crews will be preparing NASA for the exploration of Mars, where the Curiosity rover in recent days has raised speculation over possible biological activity. China may have encountered issues with the planned launch of its Long March 5 heavy lift rocket. India readies a July Moon mission launch.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Congressional auditors on Wednesday offered a harsh assessment of NASA’s efforts to develop the large rocket, crew capsule and ground systems needed to resume human deep space exploration. The National Academies urged NASA to pursue an infrared space telescope dedicated to the discovery, characterization and tracking of asteroids that could pose an impact threat to Earth. A large sample of international astronauts talk about what it means to fly in space.