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Today’s Deep Space Extra

22 Oct 2021, 15:29 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Orion joins the already assembled Space Launch System hardware for the launch of Artemis I. Webb’s final pre-launch electrical systems tests begin.

Human Space ExplorationSenate committee told U.S. space leadership requires continued presence in low Earth orbitCoalition Members in the News – Axiom Space, Lockheed Martin, NanoracksSpacepolicyonline.com (10/21): A sustained human presence in low Earth orbit like that pioneered by the NASA-led International Space Station (ISS) is an essential part of U.S. leadership in space, expert witnesses told the Senate Space and Science Subcommittee during a hearing on Thursday. The hearing came amidst efforts underway by NASA to transition activities now done on the ISS to commercial stations. The ISS was authorized by Congress in 2017 to function until at least 2024. There is expectation that support for the ISS could extend to 2030. Meanwhile, the funding needed to establish commercial successors has yet to emerge, according to some of the witnesses.
Nanoracks and Lockheed Martin partner on commercial space station projectCoalition Members in the News – Axiom Space, Lockheed Martin, NanoracksSpaceNews.com (10/21): Nanoracks with its majority owner Voyager Space, and Lockheed Martin, are joining to collaborate on a future commercial low Earth ...

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