Deep Space Extra will be on Summer hiatus starting, Thursday, August 22, returning on Tuesday, September 3. Coalition for Deep Space Exploration offices will also reopen after summer break on September 3.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The White House National Space Council, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence, will meet publicly for the sixth time today. NASA calls on the private sector to bid on resupply missions to the future lunar Gateway. India’s Chandrayaan 2 lander/rover has achieved lunar orbit on its way to a first ever landing at the Moon’s south pole.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Administrator announces that the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) will oversee development of the Artemis lunar lander.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Joined by several members of Congress, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine plans to speak on the agency’s lunar lander development strategy Friday afternoon. Thursday, the administrator toured the Michoud Assembly Facility to check out the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS).
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Sierra Nevada selects ULA to rocket Dream Chaser to the International Space Station (ISS). NASA announced Wednesday it will study two potential secondary mission spacecraft, one of which could be selected to launch with the agency’s Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe in late 2024.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA takes more steps to prepare for the return of human explorers to the surface of the Moon in 2024 and prepare for Mars. Canadian study suggests lunar water could have high economic value.