In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA turned 60 on Monday, as many of the world’s top space agency administrators gathered in Germany for the International Astronautical Conference. China’s Zhang Kejian, who was among the heads of agency, used the forum to reach out in search of potential international partners for exploration of the Moon and operations of an Earth orbiting space station in the 2020s.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA marks its 60th anniversary on Monday. NASA’s plans for a human tended lunar Gateway promise to bring the U.S., its international partners and the private sector together for a new era of human deep space exploration.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Unlike Apollo, NASA’s strategy to return to the lunar surface with astronauts is intended to establish a permanent presence, while preparing the agency for the human exploration of Mars and other deep space destinations, agency Administrator Jim Bridenstine informs a U.S. Senate panel. Lawmakers in the U.S. House are joining with colleagues from the Senate to push for an extension of NASA led International Space Station (ISS) operations from 2024 to 2030. Blue Origin will provide the new BE-4 engine as the propulsion source for the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Vulcan first stage.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Congressional support emerges for extending NASA’s leadership of the International Space Station (ISS) until 2030, five years longer than proposed by White House space policy, which backs a transition of low Earth orbit human space activities to the U.S. private sector. President Trump offers support for a federal budget continuing resolution effective through December 7. Experts gather to discuss a strategy to search for evidence of technically skilled extraterrestrial life.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine to speak with NASA’s newest astronaut class, whose members will be part of the agency’s future deep space exploration plans. Future space explorers could be living in lunar and Martian lava tubes and supporting efforts to mine planetary surfaces for resources like water ice. NASA’s Opportunity rover, long silenced by a Martian dust storm, spotted in Martian valley. Ariane 5 launches on 100th mission.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s sends exploration road map to Congress. Antarctica greenhouse produces vegetables in extreme cold. Parker Solar Probe sends its first data and it includes images of the Milky Way and Jupiter.