In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Today, NASA will be announcing the lunar landing site for VIPER. Tomorrow, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee will be holding a hearing entitled “NASA’s Future in Low Earth Orbit: Considerations for International Space Station Extension and Transition.”
Space ScienceChina Moon rock studies include fusion energy analysis, volcanic historySpace.com (9/17): In December, China’s Chang’e 5 lunar lander mission returned to Earth with 3.82 pounds of surface material from the Moon. In July, the first round of sample material was distributed to Chinese science institutions for analysis, including an assessment of the sample material for Helium 3, a potential fusion power generation fuel initially noted in samples from the Moon returned to Earth by the Apollo astronauts. The initial studies may provide new information about the history of volcanic activity on the Moon.
Inspiration4 and all-civilian crew return to Earth with splashdown off Florida coastNASAspaceflight.com (9/18): Inspiration4’s first privately crewed Earth orbital mission came to a safe end on Saturday as the four astronauts splashed down in the Atlantic waters off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 7:06 p.m., EDT. Commander Jared Isaacman, Mission ...