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.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The first two astronauts on the Moon in more than 50 years will spend about six to seven days on the lunar surface during the Artemis 3 mission. NASA makes new strides in its partnership with commercial space companies for suborbital and orbital pursuits as the agency turns its human exploration focus to deep space.