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.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA says a two element lunar orbiting Gateway could be launched by 2023, perhaps as part of a strategy to return to the surface of the Moon with human explorers in 2024.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… U.S. National Space Policy due a Trump administration update. White House to reach out for discussion with potential international partners on mining resources found on the Moon and other planetary bodies.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Trump administration drafting legal blueprint for mining on the Moon. Habitats designed and developed to repair themselves may be just the thing for future lunar explorers. Set for launch this summer, NASA’s Perseverance Mars 2020 rover will look for evidence of past life on Mars, which may once of hosted a more friendly environment. Actor Tom Cruise, NASA discuss possible movie filmed at the International Space Station (ISS).
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA is ready to lay out a plan for a gradual return to a workforce restricted by coronavirus concerns. The effort could ready the much anticipated first test launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) in November 2021.