In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, in Russia and Kazakhstan for an International Space Station (ISS) crew launch early Thursday, expressed confidence that a Russian investigation will establish the cause of a small leak detected and repaired aboard the space station in late August. NASA believes a gyro issue with the Hubble Space Telescope can be resolved soon.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Rocket reuse remains a topic of debate. NASA convenes a panel to experts to assess the Hubble Space Telescope’s gyroscope difficulties. Founder Richard Branson predicts Virgin Galactic will be launching soon with passengers.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The Moon rises as a global focus of human exploration. The Hubble Space Telescope encounters gyroscope problems. SpaceX sticks inaugural West Coast Falcon 9 first stage landing attempt.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s commercial crew test launches slip into 2019. U.S. and Russian astronauts return to Earth after a 197 tour of duty aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The Europe Space Agency (ESA) enters the search for extra solar habitable planets.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany again provided a forum Wednesday for announcements regarding future human U.S. deep space exploration initiatives. SpaceX sees the launch of its first Dragon commercial crew test launch slipping beyond November. Columbia University astronomers believe they may be the first to discover a moon beyond the solar system. Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft deploys a third lander to the surface of the asteroid Ryugu.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Russia calls for a more active role in a NASA proposed human, tended lunar orbiting Gateway. NASA’s International Space Station (ISS) partners favor extending operations of the ISS beyond 2024. Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft succeeds in landing a small German/French hopper/rover, Mascot, on the surface of the asteroid Ryugu.