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.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The cost and schedule of Artemis, the White House directive that NASA return to the surface of the Moon with human explorers by 2024, continues to draw scrutiny. John F Kennedy Presidential Library “Space Summit” begins at 9:00 am with an address by Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenberg. Launched a decade ago, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is proving a valuable resource for establishing an exploration agenda.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Step by step, NASA is pressing towards a human return to the surface of the Moon in 2024, an initiative with security as well as scientific significance. At the Paris Air Show, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine comments on Commercial Crew Program status.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s plans to accelerate a human return to the Moon from 2028 to 2024 promises to be topic at the annual Paris Air Show as well as in Washington. Meanwhile, preparations are underway for a critical test of the Orion capsule’s abort system. Politico is featuring a special report on the “The New Moon Race”. Check out today’s Politico Reddit AMA featuring Coalition for Deep Space Exploration President & CEO Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar, at noon ET HERE.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Administrator Bridenstine discusses early budgetary estimates for Artemis mission – projections that may change as the agency refines planning. China and India discuss plans for future independent space stations. Women, more than men, may have what it takes for long and distant space exploration. NASA offers live stream of assembly activities underway with the Mars 2020 rover. The Space Corps will be established as a separate branch of the armed service but organized within the U.S. Air Force as voted by the U.S. House Armed Services Committee on Thursday.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Artemis moon program could send the first woman to the Moon. A new Washington D.C. street name pays tribute to African American women and human spaceflight pioneers Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, and Mary Jackson. A new telescope under development in Chile could be named after astronomer Vera Rubin.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) wants the agency to apply lessons learned with Commercial Crew Program to development of a lunar lander. Meanwhile, some in Congress are expressing concern NASA’s efforts to accelerate a return to the Moon with human explorers to 2024 could jeopardize funding for the agency’s science missions. NASA’s strategy to encourage a greater low Earth orbit role for the U.S. private sector has the space community talking.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA sets course for the Artemis Generation. Upcoming NASA space experiments will demonstrate an atomic clock for future human deep space navigation and a more environmentally friendly spacecraft propellant. Efforts by the U.S. House and Senate to shape a new branch of the military devote to space national security move ahead this week.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA has outlined a strategy to encourage a growing low Earth orbit economy by granting commercial companies and astronauts access to the International Space Station (ISS). Reaching the lunar surface with human explorers is a necessary step in achieving a horizon goal of exploring Mars, NASA explains.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Without a recently requested $1.6 billion supplement to the agency’s 2020 budget request, NASA will not be able to accelerate a human return to the Moon from 2028 to 2024, says NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. At the same time, NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel is urging the lawmakers and NASA not to under fund or agree to risky shortcuts during the pursuit.