In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A 2021 NASA budget bill has begun its annual trek through Congress, $2.6 billion shy of the White House request needed to accelerate the return of human explorers to the surface of the Moon in 2024.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… U.S. House appropriators at the Commerce-Justice-Science Subcommittee level appear to reject a White House sought NASA spending increase to accelerate a human return to the surface of the Moon in 2024. NASA and Boeing outline recommendations to refly the company’s uncrewed CST-100 Starliner test flight from last December.
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Orion is the right – and only – crewed spacecraft capable of extended missions to the Moon and beyond, writes astronaut Tony Antonelli. NASA and its Space Launch System (SLS)/Orion contractor team continue to make progress in preparations toward an initial uncrewed test flight, Artemis 1, in 2021. NASA looks to increase its International Space Station (ISS) crew to seven in October. Comet Neowise on course to become visible in the night sky.
Today’s Deep Space Extra will not be published tomorrow, July 3, in observance of Independence Day. It will return on Monday, July 6.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Orion crew capsule Structural Test Article performs well in recent ground assessment. NASA spacewalkers continue International Space Station (ISS) battery upgrade. Japan plans to double annual spending on space. China’s Tianwen-1 Mars mission could launch ahead of NASA’s Perseverance Mars 2020 rover. Moon may be more metal rich than previously thought.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The launch of NASA’s Perseverance Mars 2020 rover has been delayed to not earlier than July 30, prompting an extension of the launch window to August 15. The Hubble Space Telescope recognized with a commemorative gold coin. Comet Neowise predicted to become naked eye bright in July.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA and its contractor team move out to prepare for future Artemis missions for the human exploration of the Moon beyond the Artemis 3, the planned 2024 lunar south pole landing with the first explorers since the Apollo era.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA astronauts have begun a series of spacewalks to complete a solar power system battery upgrade outside the International Space Station (ISS). The Canadian Space Agency selects a contractor for a third space robot arm, the latest destined for the NASA led, lunar orbiting human tended Gateway. In a new Op Ed, Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar, President and CEO of the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration, discusses the technical and geopolitical aspects of NASA’s Artemis program that explain why NASA’s mission to the Moon is about far more than cost.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA completes final testing on the liquid oxygen tank of the Space Launch System. NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Bob Behnken embarked on the first of a half-dozen possible spacewalks through July outside the International Space Station (ISS) early today. NASA expects to cover the delayed launch of the James Webb Space Telescope with program reserves.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Testing continues for NASA’s first Artemis moon mission. NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) make progress in agreements to develop a lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway and to bring samples of the Martian surface back to Earth. NASA gives the unfolding SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) high marks so far.