In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Small Lander Initiative intends to increase capabilities of private sector to land increasingly larger payloads on the lunar surface. NASA briefs advisory council on Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) progress. Boeing, SpaceX advance NASA’s commercial crew initiative with parachute tests. European space debris removal demonstration reaches the International Space Station.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Astronauts aboard the International Space Station grapple a newly arrived commercial re-supply capsule filled with 5,800 pounds of supplies, science experiments and technology demonstrations. New Space Launch System (SLS) hardware reaches NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, where assembly of the SLS Mobile launcher also continues. Bumblebee like robots could extend exploration efforts on Mars.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A new cargo mission is expected to reach the International Space Station early Wednesday. Astronomers find the most distant star yet and a huge Mercury like planet.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA astronauts install wireless communications antennas and a new camera assembly outside the International Space Station. Washington symposium focuses on opportunities, challenges of lunar exploration.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA astronauts are to spacewalk outside the International Space Station today. Careful scientific and political support has enabled the U.S. to robotically explore much of the solar system. NASA readies TESS, a new mission to identify extra solar planets around the nearest stars.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA announces a launch delay for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to grant the U.S., European and Canadian space observatory the best chance for success with pre-launch testing. The five to ten year mission to study the earliest star systems and extra solar planets could get underway in 2020.