In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The White House plans for NASA to resume human deep space exploration have sparked a discussion over the future of the International Space Station and whether its operation could transition to the commercial sector. NASA postpones a Monday spacewalk outside the International Space Station. Arianespace launches an inquiry into last week’s troubled Ariane 5 rocket launch.
Human Space Exploration
Potential end of the ISS raises concerns, presents opportunities
Space News (1/26): The future of the U.S. led International Space Station appears a likely topic of discussion as the Trump Administration’s 2019 fiscal year budget proposal moves to the U.S. Congress within weeks. The NASA Transition Act of 2017 called on the space agency to submit a blue print for transition out of its low Earth orbit activities and handing them off to the commercial sector as last year came to a close. The transition plan has not been disclosed, but the current end of space station activities is planned for 2024. President Trump has called for a U.S. return to the moon with human explorers.
How NASA plans to send humans back to the moon
National Geographic (1/26): During Pacific Ocean sea trials ...