In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The NASA International Space Station (ISS) Advisory Committee adds to concerns over U.S. Space Station staffing in 2020. NASA celebrates a favorable financial audit as it shoulders a return to the surface of the Moon with human explorers in 2024.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Some in Congressional oversight roles believe NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) will open access to deep space with less risk. Russia promises timely decision on a NASA request to acquire more Soyuz seats for the launch of astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). Scientists observe evidence of water vapor above the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. NASA picks five more companies, including Blue Origin and Sierra Nevada, to launch payloads to the lunar surface.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… An assessment from NASA’s Inspector General cautions it could be the summer of 2020 before Commercial Crew Program partners Boeing and SpaceX achieve certifications of their astronaut launch vehicles. The first in a series of four planned spacewalks outside the International Space Station (ISS) successfully begins an upgrade of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), a cosmic ray observatory.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… U.S. and European astronauts set out early Friday on the first in a series of complex spacewalks to upgrade a cosmic ray observatory on the outside of the International Space Station (ISS). NASA’s inspector general issued an audit of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program on Thursday that outlines challenges Boeing and SpaceX face in completing work on two spacecraft to transport astronauts to and from the ISS and other low Earth orbit destinations. Vice President Mike Pence paid tribute Thursday to the Apollo 12 crew and those at NASA who achieved the second human Moon landing on November 19, 1969.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A White House directive that NASA accelerate a human return to the surface of the Moon by 2024 may be too technically complex, and one that Congress has been too slow to fund, NASA veterans and a current executive cautioned on Wednesday.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The first all-female spacewalking duo, NASA’s Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, stress the importance of improving the fit of future garments required for exploration of the Moon and Mars as well as orbital pursuits. NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Space Telescope (WFIRST) achieves a development milestone. Plans for Earth orbiting mega small satellite constellations are raising concerns over an orbital debris threat.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The Coalition for Deep Space Exploration joins the nation in recognizing our veterans – and their families. Thank you for your sacrifice and your service.
Boeing and Aerojet Rocketdyne reach a milestone in Space Launch System (SLS) core stage development. A human return to the surface of the Moon in 2024 is achievable if the goal can transcend politics, according to a noted scientist. NASA’s archived Apollo lunar samples are getting a new assessment with the latest technologies. “Hidden Figures” receive Congressional Gold Medals.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Boeing establishes the cause of a parachute failure during a successful launch pad abort test of the CST-100 Starliner in New Mexico earlier this week. Russia says NASA has discussed an interest in acquiring one or two more seats aboard Soyuz rockets for astronaut transportation to the International Space Station (ISS).
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A bipartisan authorization measure introduced in the U.S. Senate would extend NASA led operations of the International Space Station (ISS) until 2030, providing more time to transition over sight of low Earth activities to the private sector. The bill would also permit the agency to purchase additional seats aboard Russia’s Soyuz for transportation of NASA astronauts to and from the Station, while work to certify Boeing’s CST-100 and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon for the task continues. NASA unseals Apollo era Moon samples for analysis by a new generation of scientists with the latest instrumentation.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s commercial partners offer the agency alternatives for a lunar lander to carry out an accelerated return to the surface of the Moon with astronauts in 2024. Until NASA returns to the Moon, the International Space Station (ISS) will provide opportunities to mitigate the risks of deep space exploration, including astronaut health and performance as well as a lunar dust mitigation.