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.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner conducted a test of its launch pad abort system in New Mexico on Monday. NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft offers a glimpse of the space environment beyond the solar system.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner performed well during a televised launch pad abort test early Monday. Hours after a Northrop Grumman Cygnus resupply mission launched Saturday it reached the six person International Space Station (ISS).
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… U.S. Senate budget numbers for 2020 would increase NASA’s budget by $1.25 billion over 2019. Northrop Grumman is readying a cargo mission launch to the International Space Station (ISS) from NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia early Saturday.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Commercial Crew Program outlines dates for upcoming crucial tests of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon as they work to establish a new U.S. human launch capability in 2020. Like those of the Apollo era, NASA’s Artemis astronauts will gather samples of the Moon for return to Earth as they resume human lunar exploration in 2024.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA shares details of lunar surface missions. UAE plans to expand astronaut corps. James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) progress toward preparations for a March 2021 launch.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Global enthusiasm for a NASA led return to the Moon with human explorers appears on the rise, though the issue financial support remains unresolved. NASA’s Mars InSight lander is again forced to suspend its digging activities.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The absence of a 2020 budget could jeopardize efforts by NASA to accelerate human return to the Moon by 2024. NASA will speak with Russia about the purchase of additional Soyuz transportation for astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) as key Commercial Crew Program flight tests approach. China looks to lead a human lunar exploration effort.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Boeing, NASA look to a milestone uncrewed test flight of the CST-100 Starliner in December. Virgin Galactic goes public. The International Astronautical Congress (IAC) wraps up today in Washington D.C.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… In a sign of the times, established and entrepreneurial space companies — Blue Origin, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper Laboratory — have teamed to complete to provide NASA with a commercial human Moon lander. Nanoracks to demonstrate a technology for converting second stage rocket bodies into human habitats.