In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s 2019 budget proposal emphasizes human space exploration with greater commercial participation. The White House spending plan sets the stage for cancellation of a major space telescope and Earth science activities that could fuel opposition. U.K. industry urges the British government to establish a national space program to foster growth.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Trump administration 2019 U.S. budget presentations on Monday are expected to address plans for human lunar activities as well as the future of the International Space Station. NASA is assessing whether test flights of its Commercial Crew Program partners, Boeing and SpaceX, might contribute to International Space Station operations. China tests Mars soft landing technologies.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… International scientists are gathered on the Arabian Peninsula for a Mars mission simulation. Russia prepares for its fastest ever Progress re-supply mission to the international Space Station. Congress ends an overnight U.S. Government shutdown with plans for spending increases. NASA hosts “State of NASA” events on Monday.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Former NASA astronaut calls on the White House and Congress to sustain International Space Station operations. Congress may be near a spending measure that would prevent another U.S. government shutdown. NASA orders its first space station resupply mission from Sierra Nevada.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… In spite of a successful first flight with a deep space payload, SpaceX’s powerful Falcon Heavy is not expected to become a human launch vehicle. NASA engineers address the challenge of safely landing on the Martian surface. Two asteroids draw near Earth this week.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… U.S. investments in space technology and exploration support global leadership, promise economic dividends, inspiration. James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) moves to Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach for next round of pre-launch testing. Trappist-1 planets rocky with water in some form. Falcon Heavy poised for Florida liftoff.