In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Aerojet Rocketdyne and NASA’s Stennis Space Center reach a milestone in preparation of the Space Launch System (SLS) for its first four mission launches. A Russian resupply missions logs its second fast track flight to the International Space Station (ISS).
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… An accelerated effort by NASA to make a sustained human return to the Moon’s surface by 2024 could set the stage to reach Mars by 2033, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told Congress this week, explaining the agency is looking to the latest technologies to hold its annual budgets well below levels required to reach the Moon a half century ago with Apollo.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Congress seeks more information from NASA on the cost and milestones for reaching the Moon’s surface with human explorers in 2024, four years earlier than previous estimates. Boeing’s uncrewed CST-100 Starliner test launch to the International Space Station (ISS) moves from April to August. Mars may have water deep underground.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s planned Gateway, a lunar orbiting “command module” equipped with reusable ascent and descent modules could be an element crucial to achieving an accelerated and sustained human return to the lunar surface. The 2024 goal, advanced from 2028 by the Trump Administration last week, was the focus of a NASA Town Hall hosted by Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Monday.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Town Hall on Monday with Administrator Jim Bridenstine likely to feature talk of future human lunar exploration. It follows a successful NASA spacewalk on Friday to upgrade power storage batteries on the International Space Station (ISS). Israel’s Beresheet lunar lander carries a NASA contribution.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA astronauts are to embark on the second of two spacewalks outside the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday to upgrade the power storage batteries that keep electricity flowing across the six person orbiting science lab. A White House call to return human explorers to the Moon has stirred public interest. However it is not the first and will face challenges.