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Today’s Deep Space Extra

27 Oct 2021, 13:11 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA lays out vision for the long-term future of the Space Launch System rocket. Poland signs the Artemis Accords. Ingenuity has now flown on the Red Planet for a 14th time.

Human Space Exploration
NASA lays out vision for the long-term future of SLSSpace Scout (10/26): NASA has published a request for information (RFI) detailing its plan to transition the Space Launch System (SLS) program from design and development to operational status by the Artemis V mission. According to the RFI, the goal is to ensure SLS remains a “national capability that is a sustainable and affordable system” for at least the next thirty years. NASA aims to move the effective ownership of SLS to a commercial contractor entity, with the agency retaining intellectual property. NASA would become the “anchor tenant” of the new SLS operations system, providing support infrastructure and flying at least one crewed SLS mission yearly for the next decade or more.
Poland signs Artemis AccordsSpaceNews.com (10/27): In a ceremony during the 72nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC), the Polish Space Agency president Grzegorz Wrochna signed the Artemis Accords with NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy. Poland is now the 13th country ...

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