In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Without a recently requested $1.6 billion supplement to the agency’s 2020 budget request, NASA will not be able to accelerate a human return to the Moon from 2028 to 2024, says NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. At the same time, NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel is urging the lawmakers and NASA not to under fund or agree to risky shortcuts during the pursuit.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Public activities across the U.S. are planned to commemorate this summer’s 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon landing. Space plant growth prospects are looking up. A new assessment questions forecasts of a $1 trillion space economy by 2040.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Studies of a candidate Northrop Grumman habitat for a lunar orbiting human tended NASA Gateway conclude. Lawmakers consider measures to protect the Apollo 11 landing site on the Moon. An experimental supercomputer returns to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS) to undergo evaluation.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA could be challenged in its quest to return to the lunar surface with human explorers in 2024 without seeking funds from other programs if Congress does not approve additional annual funds. Scientists rally to support more “one year” missions to the International Space Station (ISS) to unveil the health challenges of long missions to deep space faced by astronauts.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… As the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 nears, talk of future as well as past lunar voyages grows. NASA names three companies selected to deliver science payloads to the lunar surface. Astronomers ponder volcanism on Pluto.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine expresses confidence that bipartisan support from Congress will support efforts to accelerate a human return to the Moon. He spoke as congressional auditors warned that NASA’s major programs are facing cost and schedule challenges. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) completes pre-launch thermal vacuum testing. Japan advances efforts to collect a second sample from the asteroid Ryugu.