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Today’s Deep Space Extra

24 Sep 2021, 13:15 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA urged to avoid gap in low Earth orbit. Northrop Grumman to launch another in-space servicing vehicle.

Human Space ExplorationNASA urged to avoid Space Station gapCoalition Members in the News – Axiom Space, NanoracksSpaceNews.com (9/23): NASA leadership has been urged this week to prevent any gap between operations of the International Space Station (ISS) and successors provided by private commercial free flyers with NASA serving as one of multiple tenants. Robyn Gatens, NASA’s director of Space Station operations, told the U.S. House Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee earlier this week that the agency would like to have a two-year transition period supporting both the final NASA-led Space Station operations and the first commercial free flyer successors. Congress must decide on an extension of NASA’s current authorized oversight of the ISS through 2024 until 2028, or perhaps 2030, as NASA Administrator Bill Nelson has suggested.
Cracks found on the International Space Station are a ‘fairly serious issue,’ a former NASA astronaut saysCoalition Member in the News – Axiom SpaceBusinessInsider.com (9/22): NASA astronaut Bill Shepherd, a former U.S. Navy SEAL, became the first person to command the International Space Station in 2000. In testimony before the ...

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