In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA workshop reveals growing global interest in human lunar exploration. Lost tragically 15 years ago today, NASA’s shuttle Columbia and its seven astronauts remain an inspiration. Experts confirm the recent re-discovery of NASA’s long lost IMAGE mission satellite.
Human Space Exploration
Shooting for the moon–this time to stay
Scientific American (1/31): A recent gathering of experts for NASA’s Lunar Science for Landed Missions Workshop at the Ames Research Center in California featured a global enthusiasm for future human exploration of the moon, an enthusiasm that reaches from the U.S. to Europe, Russia, China, Japan and India. NASA’s proposed human lunar orbiting Deep Space Gateway and Europe’s proposed Moon Village could offer new opportunities for exploration, scientific insight into the early solar system and commercial enterprise.
Debris from fallen space shuttle Columbia has new mission 15 years after tragedy
Collectspace.com (2/1): Today marks the 15th anniversary of the space shuttle Columbia tragedy, which claimed the lives of seven astronauts as the winged spacecraft broke apart during re-entry over Texas. Debris from the loss, archived at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, continues to serve as source of education and inspiration for young space workers.