In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Draft budget documents suggest Trump administration support for the International Space Station could end by 2025. NASA marks annual Day of Remembrance. GOLD launch will debut NASA “ride share” science mission strategy. SpaceX fires Falcon Heavy first stage in pre-launch test.
Human Space Exploration
Trump administration wants to end NASA funding for the International Space Station by 2025
The Verge (1/24): The Trump administration is preparing to end financial support for the NASA led, 15 nation International Space Station, according to the publication’s assessment of draft documents. Under current legislation and partner agreements, ISS operations are to conclude in 2024. Engineering assessments suggest the six person orbiting laboratory could operate longer.
NASA, U.S. Navy practice spacecraft recovery at sea
Marine Link (1/24) U.S. Navy recovery personnel and NASA are currently working on procedures for the recovery of the Orion crew capsule assigned to Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), the first joint test flight of Orion and the Space Launch System (SLS), planned between late 2019 and mid-2020. The uncrewed capsule is to travel around the moon and return to Earth for a Pacific Ocean splashdown. The joint exercise currently underway began with the departure of the USS ...