In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Major news: Douglas Loverro, NASA’s recently appointed associate administrator for human exploration and operations, has resigned. Annie Glenn, the famed widow of astronaut and Senator John Glenn, and a renowned advocate and leader for individuals with speech and communication disorders, has died. NASA’s public outreach efforts have been rewarded with Webbys and People’s Voice awards.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Human Landing System (HLS) strategy for a human return to the Moon provides a range of capabilities that can address requirements and meet a 2024 target, but schedule pressure remains a significant factor. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe starts extended series of close passes to study the sun.
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.