In Today’s Deep Space Extra… U.S. investments in space technology and exploration support global leadership, promise economic dividends, inspiration. James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) moves to Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach for next round of pre-launch testing. Trappist-1 planets rocky with water in some form. Falcon Heavy poised for Florida liftoff.
Human Space Flight
Space exploration is good for American jobs
The Hill (2/5): U.S. investment in space exploration pays dividends through innovation and future economic growth as well as cementing U.S. leadership in the field, writes David Logsdon, senior director of the COMP TIA Space Enterprise Council, in an op ed. “Continued funding would not only reaffirm the country’s leadership in space and allow travel to previously untouched lands, but also enable the commercialization of highly innovative technology and support tens of thousands of American jobs,” he says of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion deep space exploration initiatives.
Whittington: Let humans, not robots, explore the moon
Houston Chronicle (2/5): Human scientific intelligence and physical skills can top those of robots in exploring the fundamental field geology of the lunar surface, assessing access to potential resources and offering inspiration to planet Earth, says Mark Whittington, who has written ...