In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The U.S. House is progressing with the Senate on a new NASA authorization measure that would extend oversight of the International Space Station (ISS) to 2030. NASA and Boeing set a December 20 launch date for an uncrewed test flight of the company’s CST-100 Starliner to the International Space Station (ISS). NASA and its Osiris Rex science team select primary and backup touch down sites on the asteroid Bennu for collection of material to return to Earth.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA and Boeing are negotiating terms of future Space Launch System (SLS) core stage rocket production. A NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) study zeros in on subsurface water ice deposits on Mars. Blue Origin’s New Shepard family of suborbital rockets launches for a 12th time.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA leadership suggests Artemis 3, an accelerated effort to return to the surface of the Moon with human explorers in 2024, hinges on more than the Artemis 1 Space Launch System (SLS)/Orion test mission. Earth science mission participants encouraged by growing number of launch alternatives.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) has achieved a key milestone with assembly of the first core stage now complete, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine declared on Monday. The Mobile Launch Platform at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC), which will hold the SLS and the Orion crew capsule as they are launched, also marked a milestone. Astronomers find nearby stars slinging comets our way.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) passes a critical loads test, as NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine prepares to offer an update on the Artemis initiative that is to accelerate a human return to the Moon in 2024. Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner orbital flight test launch moves to December 20.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine calls on Congress to pass NASA’s 2020 budget. Russia, SpaceX launch back to back cargo missions to the International Space Station (ISS). University of Alabama in Huntsville assesses space nuclear propulsion option for Mars missions.