In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA expresses confidence it has overcome COVID-19 pandemic and technical challenges to launch the Perseverance Mars 2020 rover mission on July 20, early in a launch period that extends to August 15 if necessary. The mission will look for evidence of past Martian life, gather and cache rock and soil samples for return to Earth and test technologies to prepare for human exploration.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine sees a bright future for America in space. Kathy Lueders, NASA’s new human exploration chief, names Joel Montalbano as acting International Space Station (ISS) program manager to succeed the soon to retire Kirk Shireman.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… More hardware for the launch of Artemis 1, the first test flight of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion capsule, comes together at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) with an historical note. Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus Space Station cargo capsules display their versatility. Retired NASA shuttle astronaut and Hubble Space Telescope repairman believes the aging observatory deserves another makeover.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Administrator names Kathy Leuders to lead the agency’s human space exploration initiatives. The space industry demonstrates flexibility in addressing coronavirus pandemic.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA has chosen Astrobotics, one of 14 Commercial Lunar Payload Services partners, for the 2023 integration, launch and landing of a lunar ice-seeking robot. Kathy Lueders selected to lead NASA’s Human Spaceflight Office. Organic molecules, the building blocks for life, are more prevalent across the universe than once suspected.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Plans to launch NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) in March 2021 will slip in response to workplace restrictions imposed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. NASA is now targeting July 20 for the launch of the Perseverance Mars 2020 rover, a three day slip for repairs to ground equipment.