In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Support emerges for continued International Space Station operations. Japanese experts urge participation in future U.S. led lunar orbiting Deep Space Gateway (DSG). U.K. to take on space weather role. SpaceX set for Tuesday launch of Falcon Heavy. Congress faces Thursday budget deadline, possibility of another government shutdown.
Human Space Exploration
OPINION: Ending ISS too soon would be an Apollo-sized mistake
Spaceflightinsider.com (2/4): Any plan to end NASA’s role in International Space Station operations would be premature before a plan is in place to transition oversight to the private section, according to the op-ed. The U.S. is still struggling to stand up a replacement for the space shuttle nearly seven year after the fleet was retired, and similarly the Apollo program ended years before the first shuttle missions were launched.
Sunday letters: To space and beyond
Houston Chronicle (2/3): In a letter to the editor, U.S. Rep. John Culbertson vows to oppose any effort to end International Space Station operations prematurely. The Houston lawmaker serves on the U. S. House Appropriations Committee and chairs its Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over NASA’s budget.
Why are we aiming for the moon these days?