In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Kennedy Space Center prepares to host Vice President Mike Pence and the second session of the re-established National Space Council. Astrophysicists, astronomers ponder future of NASA’s planned Wide Field Infrared Space Telescope (WFIRST), proposed for cancellation by the White House.
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Vice President Mike Pence to visit KSC for National Space Council meeting
Florida Today (2/19): The White House NASA Space Council, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence, will convene for its second meeting at Kennedy on Wednesday. The session, “Moon, Mars, and Worlds Beyond: Winning the Next Frontier,” will include remarks from experts in the civil, commercial, and national security sectors on the significance of the United States’ space enterprise. The activities, which get underway at 10 a.m., EST, will be webcast (https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive) and broadcast on NASA TV.
Falcon Heavy will change spaceflight less than you think
The Space Review (2/19): This assessment declares the Falcon Heavy an evolutionary, rather than revolutionary rocket. Some of the reasons include a diminishing demand for geostationary orbit launch services coupled with a growth in small sat launch needs and Congressional support for NASA’s Space Launch System, the heavy lift rocket that is to power ...