In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA will return a piece of Mars aboard its next Red Planet rover mission. With some serious cost cutting and restructuring, NASA’s WFIRST space telescope might survive a proposed cancellation to carry out its dark energy mission.
Human Space Exploration
The Greatest Leap, part 6: After Apollo, NASA still searching for an encore
Ars Technica (2/13): The last in a six part retrospective on the U.S. space program looks at one possible future for U.S. human space exploration through the remarkable lens of the Cold War era Apollo moon missions and those who made them happen. Might a tech savvy U.S. private sector and China’s ascendancy offer the best hope for achieving the next leap?
Soyuz rocket launches cargo freighter to International Space Station
Spaceflightnow.com (2/13): A Russian Progress re-supply mission is scheduled to carry out an automated docking with the International Space Station early Thursday. The cargo vessel lifted off atop a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Tuesday with three tons of propellant and crew supplies, following a failed launch attempt on Sunday.
What would it mean for astronomers if the WFIRST space telescope is killed?