In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Now that Congress has the FY 2021 President’s Budget Request (PBR) for NASA, intended to accelerate work on returning to the surface of the Moon with human explorers in 2024, the space agency and lawmakers must come to terms with the White House request that also proposes significant cuts to national science and other discretionary funding. NASA announces plans to hire more astronauts. SpaceX appears closer to a test launch of the Crew Dragon to the International Space Station (ISS) with astronauts.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… President Trump called Monday for a 12 percent increase in NASA’s budget for 2021 in order to achieve a return to the surface of the Moon with human explorers in 2024. The proposed top line, 25.2B, is the highest request since Apollo. The President’s Budget Request is a “blueprint” requiring Congressional approval in order to be carried out.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The White House delivers its proposed 2021 budget to Congress today, with some reports that NASA could see a significant increase. The joint NASA/ European Space Agency (ESA) Solar Orbiter mission lifted off successfully late Sunday, following the last minute launch scrub of the latest resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel raised Commercial Crew Program software verification concerns during a meeting Thursday. NASA’s Christina Koch was thumbs up on Thursday after her return to Earth with European and Russian colleagues, following her 328 day mission, the longest ever flown by a woman.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Record setting NASA astronaut Christina Koch, Europe’s Luca Parmitano and Russia’s Alexander Skvortsov return safely to Earth early Thursday from the International Space Station (ISS). Where next for human space explorers? The Moon to stay? Or the Moon and on to Mars?
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Record setting NASA astronaut Christina Koch plus European and Russian International Space Station (ISS) crew members are set to descent to Earth early Thursday. The discussion over what NASA should do at the Moon continues. NASA pursues robotic in space hardware assembly.