In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA, White House leadership express concerns over achieving Congressional budget support for achieving an already challenging 2024 return to the surface of the Moon with human explorers. NASA leadership believes a so far successful SpaceX Demo-2 test flight to the International Space Station (ISS) with astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley could be extended into August.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Returning to the Moon with human explorers won’t be the same as new leadership, international partners and commercial space operations emerge.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA contracts with Northrop Grumman to advance the development of a Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO) for a lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Russia says a discussion is nearing among the partners of the International Space Station (ISS) for future cooperation in the exploration of the Moon as well as activities aboard the orbiting science lab. Astronomers issue more warning about growing small satellite constellations. The U.S. Space Force likes NASA’s public/private partnership strategy.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA will continue to work with Russia for the launch of astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). The Mars Insight “mole” pushes deeper into the planet’s surface.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The NASA/SpaceX Demo-2 mission underway aboard the International Space Station (ISS) following a weekend liftoff opens the door to more science aboard the ISS. Processing work on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), currently scheduled for launch in March of 2021, has been slowed by COVID-19.