In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Three U.S. and Russian astronauts and cosmonauts launched early Thursday to the International Space Station (ISS) for a six month mission aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket. The joint European/Japanese Mercury bound Bepi Columbo spacecraft flies by Earth on Friday.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A three person U.S. and Russian crew is preparing to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) early Thursday. Management of the ISS National Lab comes under criticism. Comets find the sun not so friendly.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Boeing announced plans Monday to re-fly an uncrewed test flight of its CST-100 Starliner to the International Space Station (ISS). NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center anticipates a closure of many weeks. President Trump signs an executive order supporting the Outer Space Treaty and rejecting any treaty that constrains exploitation of space resources.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA continues to work around coronavirus restrictions in order to resume astronaut launches from the U.S. this year. An underwater NASA robot could search for evidence of life on ocean world planets. Implications of recent failed Chinese rocket launch on upcoming missions are unclear.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA provides a National Space Council requested strategy for returning human explorers to the surface of the Moon to establish a south pole habitat and provide other assets, including an orbital Gateway to prepare for expeditions to Mars. White House science adviser Kevin Droegemeier becomes acting director of the National Science Foundation as well. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame delays induction ceremonies in response to coronavirus.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… News of a reorganization of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Directorate may be coming soon. Thousands of highly STEM educated Americans apply for NASA’s astronaut corps. Canada space spending to increase.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA rounds out four member astronaut crew for first operational commercial crew mission to the International Space Station (ISS). James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) demonstrates successful pre-launch primary mirror deployment. Coronavirus pandemic spurs economic concerns with space sector.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… An update on NASA’s Gateway small lunar space station plans. Japan assigns an astronaut to a U.S. commercial space station launch. National security experts warn of satellite interference. Watch Bepi Columbo race by Earth on April 9-10.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA, a commercial resupply services provider for the lunar Gateway, seeks proposals for Orion service module rocket engines. Landing on asteroid Bennu will be a challenge for NASA’s Osiris-Rex.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Though Kazakhstan is in the midst of a coronavirus quarantine, Russia is “go” for the return of two NASA astronauts and a cosmonaut from the International Space Station (ISS) in a remote region next month. Veteran astronauts offer advice for dealing with the effects of social isolation due to the pandemic. The U.S. Space Force launches its first mission.