In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Support emerges for continued International Space Station operations. Japanese experts urge participation in future U.S. led lunar orbiting Deep Space Gateway (DSG). U.K. to take on space weather role. SpaceX set for Tuesday launch of Falcon Heavy. Congress faces Thursday budget deadline, possibility of another government shutdown.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The assembly of the first NASA Orion space capsule intended to house an astronaut crew for a journey around the moon is underway. NASA representatives will join an investigation into the troubled January 25 Ariane 5 rocket launch. NASA’s Voyager mission recordings of life on Earth score a Grammy.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA workshop reveals growing global interest in human lunar exploration. Lost tragically 15 years ago today, NASA’s shuttle Columbia and its seven astronauts remain an inspiration. Experts confirm the recent re-discovery of NASA’s long lost IMAGE mission satellite.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the nonprofit organization that manages use of the International Space Station’s U.S. National Laboratory volume for a range of commercial and non NASA research and technology development, outlined its strategy to help foster a low Earth orbit space economy while policy makers assess the Space Station’s future. Wednesday begins with a lunar eclipse. Newly assembled Space Launch System (SLS) hardware awaits transport to the Kennedy Space Center.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… U.S. research and development spending is falling behind, while China’s accelerates, according to an MIT expert. Concerns grow over NASA’s lack of a permanent administrator as the agency transitions its focus from low Earth orbit to deep space.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The White House plans for NASA to resume human deep space exploration have sparked a discussion over the future of the International Space Station and whether its operation could transition to the commercial sector. NASA postpones a Monday spacewalk outside the International Space Station. Arianespace launches an inquiry into last week’s troubled Ariane 5 rocket launch.