Today’s Deep Space Extra

January 14th, 2021

In Today’s Deep Space Extra… New experiments return from the International Space Station. The final step in the SLS rocket Green Run test series is around the corner.


Human Space Exploration

Since there’s no up or down in space, how do our brains deal with this? (1/13): Without gravity, life in space can be confusing at times. Not everyone, however, responds to the transition from Earthly gravity to orbital microgravity the same, according to a study conducted by the York University’s Centre Vision Research.

Blue Origin preparing for next New Shepard flight 1/13: Blue Origin is targeting a suborbital test flight of its New Shepard rocket and space capsule for today at 10:45 a.m. EST. The capsule, which is designed to fly humans, “will be outfitted with upgrades… for the astronaut experience as the program nears human space flight,” reports.


Space Science

Wormholes may be lurking in the universe and new studies are proposing ways of finding them
The Conversation (1/13): Russian researchers suggest that theorized wormholes, a special kind of Black Hole that serves as a bridge between two universes, may loom at the center of very bright galaxies, which might make them possible to identify with gamma ray detectors. The concept was described in a new paper published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Society.


Other News

French wine, live rodents among 2 tons of cargo returned from Space Station
Coalition Members in the News – Nanoracks, Northrop Grumman (1/14): After a one-day weather delay, SpaceX’s Dragon cargo mission capsule splashed down late Wednesday in the Gulf of Mexico waters off Tampa, Florida, returning two tons of experiment specimens and twelve bottles of French wine from the International Space Station (ISS). The wine bottles spent more than a year on the Space Station; researchers will begin a scientific analysis of some of the wine to gauge how it aged in microgravity.

Huntsville gets nod for Space Command HQ, at least for now (1/13): On Wednesday, the U.S. Air Force announced the selection of Huntsville, Alabama as the preferred location for the headquarters for the recently established U.S. Space Command and specifically the Redstone Arsenal. A final decision on the location is expected in two years.



Coalition for Deep Space Exploration’s Deep Space Podcast: The final test in the SLS rocket Green Run series is around the corner. Learn more about the Green Run as young professionals from Aerojet Rocketdyne and Boeing explain aspects of the series and talk about the rocket’s core stage and engines.

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