In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Tuesday called on more commercial companies to submit proposals for its Commercial Lunar Payload Services initiative and announced agreements with 13 companies to develop technologies on seven fronts for Moon and Mars exploration. Russia plans a fast track cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Top House space committee leaders raise questions about removal of NASA human space exploration leadership. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine speaks about his decision to replace Human Exploration and Operations Directorate leadership. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Hayabusa2 spacecraft executes 2nd landing on asteroid Ryugu.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Members of the U.S. Senate are at work on new bipartisan NASA authorization legislation that would include a bold vision for human exploration. Discussion over how NASA can best accelerate a human return to the Moon in 2024 continues. China calls on the country’s science community, young and experienced, to propose research for its future space station.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The U.S. Senate will convene a hearing today to discuss the past, present and future of space exploration. Many celebrated last week as NASA and its contractor team carried out a successful test flight of the Space Launch System (SLS)/Orion Launch Abort System from Florida’s Space Coast. It was a significant milestone in efforts to accelerate a human return to the surface of the Moon from 2028 to 2024. But there’s more work to come.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… As the 50th anniversary of the first human Moon landing approaches, Apollo 11 on July 20, the discussion over how best to return and when ramps up. Russia envisions a role for 3-D manufacturing in the production of a Moon settlement using lunar soil. Dust swirls at the Martian north pole.
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Orion program and its contractor team cheered the success Tuesday of the Ascent Abort Test-2 launch and three minute flight from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The test demonstrated a critical technology developed to protect the lives of NASA astronauts assigned to the Moon and other deep space destinations.