In Today’s Deep Space Extra… CAPSTONE delayed until March 2022. China to launch three astronauts for a six-month stay on their space station.
Human Space Exploration
CAPSTONE launch delayed to March 2022SpaceNews.com (10/13): CAPSTONE, a NASA SmallSat mission to try the Near Rectilinear Halo Orbit around the Moon that NASA has planned for the Gateway has been delayed until March 2022. The elliptical orbit is intended to provide the Gateway with access to a wide range of landing sites on the Moon while maintaining communications with the Earth. Rocket Lab, the launch provider for CAPSTONE, has cited delays linked to the coronavirus as the cause. Rocket Lab launches from New Zealand.
China to launch Shenzhou-13 manned spaceship on October 16Xinhuanet of China (10/14): China plans an early Saturday (Beijing time) launch of the Shenzhou-13 spacecraft to the country’s emerging space station with a crew of three. Astronauts Zhai Zhigang, Wang Yaping, and Ye Guangfu are to spend about six months in orbit aboard the station’s Tianhe core module, the longest ever mission by Chinese astronauts. Editor’s note: Xinhuanet is a Chinese government-owned news source.
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