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Today’s Deep Space Extra

20 Oct 2021, 12:32 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Starliner valve investigation continues. Industry panel raises concerns that U.S. space systems need protection against cyber-attacks.

Human Space ExplorationNASA supports Boeing as Starliner valve investigation continuesCoalition Member in the News – BoeingSpaceNews.com (10/19): NASA and Boeing officials offered an update October 19 on the investigation into the stuck valves in the CST-100 Starliner’s propulsion system that prevented a launch attempt in early August. Grounded since then, Starliner could be ready to launch on its Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) mission during the first half of 2022. NASA says it continues to stand behind Boeing as the company works to resolve the valve problem that will push back operational missions of the commercial crew vehicle.
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Space Mining: Scientists discover two asteroids whose precious metals would exceed global reservesForbes.com (10/20): A Planetary Science Institute led research effort has identified two asteroids, 1986 DA and 2016 ED85, believed to be 85 percent composed of metals, including iron and other elements that if mined, could then provide valuable resources for the Earth or use in space. Like the asteroid Psyche 16, the target for a NASA asteroid mission planned for launch in 2022, the much smaller ...

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