In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA introduces Artemis Accords, a set of principles for other nations to partnering with the U.S. for the exploration of deep space. NASA facilities begin to re-open. The U.S. National Space Council, which meets this week, introduces new members to its Users Advisory Group. Demo-2, the first launch of NASA astronauts from the U.S. in nine years, nears a May 27 mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Advisory Council’s Human Exploration and Operations Committee wrapped up a two day session expressing significant concerns about the schedule and complexity of NASA’s Artemis program. NASA’s Commercial Crew Program/SpaceX Demo 2 test flight with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley nears.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The Human Exploration and Operations Committee of the independent NASA Advisory Council entered a two day discussion Wednesday on an evolving strategy to return human explorers to the surface of the Moon in 2024. Complexity and safety as well as success are among the concerns.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… In a move to ensure a continuous U.S. presence on the International Space Station (ISS), NASA announced the purchase of a seat aboard a three person Russian Soyuz rocket planned for launch in October. Elements responsible for U.S. national security are rallying to protect the economic health of the nation’s space industrial base.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Policy makers wrestle with how to maintain the nation’s drive to explore space and its economic potential in the face of the costly coronavirus pandemic. The National Academies urges NASA to establish a permanent, independent planetary protection advisory panel.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley wrap up training for their Demo-2 test flight, as a planned May 27 liftoff nears.