In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Moving humans deeper in to space means assessing risk in a new light. Legislation guiding NASA’s future and supporting plans for future human deep space exploration moves forward in the U.S. House. NASA plans a second attempt to launch the TESS planet searching mission Wednesday evening.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… U.S. Senate could vote soon on nomination of Jim Bridenstine to lead NASA. The U.S. Commerce Department will take on responsibility for space traffic management, an activity presently coordinated by the U.S. military, Vice President Mike Pence explains before the 34th annual Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. The launching of NASA’s TESS exoplanet hunting mission has been delayed to no earlier than Wednesday.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Washington lawmakers urge support for critical ground systems at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion crew capsule. Annual Space Symposium gets underway today in Colorado Springs with a speech by Vice President Mike Pence. NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) to launch this evening.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Vice President Mike Pence is expected to speak on space policy next week. Almost 200 Senate and House members have sent letters to their respective appropriations committees urging support for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), Orion, Exploration Ground Systems, and a new Mobile Launcher. Once again, NASA is assessing how it might launch its first astronauts on SLS. Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia will not end space cooperation in response to recent sanctions.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… POLITICO Space kicks off their new publication with an event this morning at the St. Regis in Washington, D.C. NASA confident efforts to prepare the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) for a May 2020 launch without a major cost impact. Prominent features on Pluto imaged by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft receive names from the International Astronomical Union.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, of Alabama, to chair Senate Appropriations Committee. White House continues to urge U.S. Senate confirmation of Jim Bridenstine as NASA administrator. Jim Green, head of NASA’s planetary science division, has been appointed as the agency’s Chief Scientist.