In Today’s Deep Space Extra… ULA launches NASA’s Lucy mission to the Trojan asteroids. House and Senate this week hold hearings on nuclear propulsion and international collaboration in space.
Human Space Exploration
International Space Station tilted after thrusters on a Russian craft fired unexpectedlyThe Verge (10/16): For the second time in three months, the International Space Station (ISS) was jarred by a Russian thruster firing. Early Friday, the Soyuz MS-18 docked to the Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module underwent a planned test firing prior to its departure Saturday night for Earth. The MS-18 thruster firing continued longer than planned and led to a loss of ISS attitude control. Russian ground teams regained control within 30 minutes. Nauka launched to the ISS on July 21 and docked eight days later. Shortly after the linkup, thrusters on Nauka fired unexpectedly leading to a temporary but major loss of ISS attitude control.
Russian actress and director return to Earth after a movie shoot in spaceCBS News (10/17): Russian actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko returned to Earth early Sunday aboard a Soyuz spacecraft with veteran cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy, following a 12-day filming session aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Their ...