In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Apollo 17 Astronaut Jack Schmitt makes a detailed and fact-based comparison of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) v. SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, concluding that the SLS is the only rocket capable of accomplishing America’s deep space exploration mission. Spacewalking NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold equipped the International Space Station’s commercial docking port with cameras. China places a communications relay satellite in lunar orbit to support its upcoming lander rover on the Moon’s far side.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A NASA spacewalk is underway Friday outside the International Space Station. Managers are optimistic NASA’s aging Opportunity rover can withstand a major dust storm on Mars. Bright future predicted for Florida’s space economy.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Emerging U.S. Senate 2019 appropriations measure backs continued development of NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST). Growing Martian dust storm stalls NASA’s long running Opportunity rover. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine suggests that former NASA astronaut Janet Kavandi be nominated as the agency’s second in charge.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… New NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine finds growing bipartisan support, following a difficult confirmation process. Japan’s Hyabusa 2 spacecraft spots the asteroid Ryugu, its sample return destination. NASA’s Science Mission Directorate establishes, fills new executive level liaison position.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A key congressman backs efforts to press on with the Wide Field Infrared Survey Satellite (WFIRST). SpaceX envisions major development at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA on Thursday presented its latest findings from efforts to determine whether Mars hosts, or once hosted, some form of life. There will be more to come.