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.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s lunar focus, as outlined by President Trump’s Space Policy Directive 1, offers capabilities for the future exploration of Mars and other deep space destinations. At Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, NASA’s Mars InSight lander undergoes clean room preps for a May launch.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A look at how U.S. private enterprise promises to help NASA hasten a return to the moon. An engine once that once promised destruction helps usher in a new era in the peaceful human exploration of deep space. New James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) review panel begins fast paced assessment of latest launch plans.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Last man on the Moon, Gene Cernan emphasized the importance of American leadership in space prior to his passing. Boeing’s first crewed CST-100 Starliner test flight could transition to an operational NASA mission. Virgin’s SpaceShipTwo resumes piloted test flights. National Air and Space Museum names its first woman director.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Coalition for Deep Space Exploration (Coalition) congratulates Dr. Ellen Stofan, a member of its Board of Advisors, on her appointment as the new Director of the National Air and Space Museum. Stofan previously served as the Chief Scientist at NASA from 2013-2016 and has worked on a range of NASA space science programs with a focus on planetary geology and has been a strong voice advocating for both human space exploration and space science. She will be the first woman to lead the museum and follows Gen. Jack Dailey who led the museum for 18 years as the longest-serving director.