In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The world is now two for two in its launch of Mars missions. Early Thursday, China’s Tianwen-1 launch with its Mars orbiter, lander and rover, two days after India’s launch of the Hope Mars orbiter. Next up, NASA’s Perseverance Mars 2020 rover, due to launch July 30. NASA’s efforts to meet time critical mission objectives in response to workplace restrictions imposed to address the coronavirus pandemic continue.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Spacewalking NASA astronauts prepare the Space Station for the arrival of a commercial airlock later this year. NASA studies procedures for future Private Astronaut Missions to the International Space Station (ISS). The European Commission curtails a seven year space budget due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The mining of space resources promises to bring a positive theme to the goal of establishing a sustained human presence on the Moon. Marking the 45th anniversary of the historic Apollo/Soyuz first encounter between astronauts and cosmonauts in space. NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Bob Behnken embarked early Tuesday on their 10th career spacewalks, tying them for the U.S. record.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The Coalition for Deep Space Exploration joins the nation in mourning the death and celebrating the legacy of Congressman John Lewis – legendary civil rights activist who also saved the International Space Station (ISS) in a critical vote in 1993. Today is the 51st anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) successfully launch its Hope Mars orbiter mission from Japan on Sunday. NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley look to end their two month, Commercial Crew Program/Demo-2 test flight to the International Space Station (ISS) August 1-2, the agency announced Friday.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Auditors question NASA’s assessment of Orion development costs. The first Space Launch System (SLS) core stage is moving toward a “green run” ground test firing in October. Spacewalking NASA astronauts all but complete and upgrade of solar power storage batteries on the International Space Station (ISS).
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Bob Behnken embarked early Thursday on their third battery change out outside the International Space Station (ISS). NASA extends its contract with Boeing for Space Station engineering support through 2024. Working with NASA the Japanese space agency and automaker Toyota are developing a lunar surface RV for astronauts.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday rejected a 2021 budget increase for NASA, including funds for a commercial, lunar Human Landing System (HLS). The first component of a NASA lunar orbiting Gateway would include the joint launch of a Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) and a Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO).
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s ambitions for the human exploration of the Moon and Mars could mean some difficult negotiations with some potential international partners. Poor launch site weather in Japan prompts a launch delay in the United Arab Emirate’s (UAE) Hope mission to Mars.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The NASA Space Launch System (SLS) core stage for the Artemis 1 mission planned for launch in late 2021 advances through “green run” ground testing. A NASA 2021 budget measure is scheduled for markup by the U.S. House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, prior to the launch of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Hope mission to Mars.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA and Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Thursday expressed their intent for further cooperation in the human exploration of space. Debate over NASA’s 2021 budget continues. NASA also unveiled an unfolding strategy to deal with planetary protection, efforts to prevent the contamination of planetary bodies with Earthly life forms and, as well as contamination of the Earth with extraterrestrial microbes.