In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Apollo and early space shuttle astronauts Alan Bean and Don Peterson have died. Canada withdraws from NASA Wide Field Infrared Space Telescope (WFIRST) project. Russia, China announce new space agency leadership.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA is moving ahead with plans for a second Mobile Launch Platform (MLP) for Space Launch System (SLS)/Orion missions. Psychology as well as technology appears a likely challenge for human deep space exploration.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… New supplies, launched Monday, reached the International Space Station astronauts early Thursday. Experts confront an imaging issue with a new NOAA weather satellite. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tells Senate panel he’s committed to overcoming challenges with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The International Space Station’s many contributions to innovation include 3-D printing and assessing the value of astronauts in orbit working with robots on planetary surfaces. The U.S. Postal Service commemorates Sally Ride, the first U.S. female astronaut, with a Forever stamp.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Too soon to set a date for reaching Mars with human explorers? Maybe. New NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine fills two top agency executive positions.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Congress listens to concerns over the International Space Station’s future. Orbital ATK’s ninth NASA contracted cargo mission heads to the ISS from Virginia’s Eastern shore. A Chinese communications satellite launch is to support a robotic lander/rover mission to moon’s far side.