In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA, a commercial resupply services provider for the lunar Gateway, seeks proposals for Orion service module rocket engines. Landing on asteroid Bennu will be a challenge for NASA’s Osiris-Rex.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Though Kazakhstan is in the midst of a coronavirus quarantine, Russia is “go” for the return of two NASA astronauts and a cosmonaut from the International Space Station (ISS) in a remote region next month. Veteran astronauts offer advice for dealing with the effects of social isolation due to the pandemic. The U.S. Space Force launches its first mission.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Despite coronavirus pandemic constraints, NASA’s Artemis 1 Orion crew capsule returns to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC), following crucial pre-launch testing in Ohio.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA will work with SpaceX to investigate an engine anomaly on the Falcon 9. Meanwhile, a drop test of the Dragon 2 parachute system goes awry prior to the system test. Both issues must be resolved prior to Demo 2, a planned test flight to the ISS with crew. Mercury may have hosted subsurface water and other ingredients for life.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Aerojet Rocket suggests an option for an Artemis 3 2024 Moon landing prior to the assembly of a lunar orbiting Gateway. Efforts to deal with the coronavirus pandemic continue within the aerospace community. An opportunity to view a bright comet may be two months away.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The coronavirus pandemic has prompted telework on or suspension of work on space projects, including the James Webb Space Telescope, and the postponement of conferences, including Tuesday’s planned meeting of the National Space Council. Retired astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent almost a year in space, shares tips on how to handle isolation. The launch of the next International Space Station (ISS) crew, a U.S. astronaut and two cosmonauts from Russia, remains on schedule for April 9 atop a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.