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.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A new Pew Research Center poll reflects public support for NASA and its role as world leader in the exploration of space. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and NASA’s Sam Scimemi further discuss an unfolding plan to transition International Space Station operations to the private sector. Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate’s space subcommittee members and those who testified at a hearing expressed concerns that a 2025 transition of the ISS to the commercial sector would be premature.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… U.S., Russian and European astronauts begin six month International Space Station journey. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine envisions lunar fuel depot for deep space exploration. FTC approves Northrop Grumman acquisition of Orbital ATK.