In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s 2019 budget proposal defines efforts to establish a human outpost around the moon. A former International Space Station commander cautions against relinquishing the orbital lab too quickly. We may need to risk some terrestrial contamination of Mars if we are to search for life on the red planet. NASA’s budget stirring debate over new missions to Jupiter’s potentially habitable moon Europa.
Human Space Exploration
NASA rocket factory in Michoud completes test hardware for new deep-space rocket
Fox 8 of New Orleans (2/22): Another critical component of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, the intertank, is ready to move from its production facilities at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to the Marshall Space Flight Center for structural evaluation. The cylinder like structure houses rocket avionics and serves as the attachment hardware for the big rocket’s two solid rocket boosters.
Trump calls for a $2.7B space station to orbit the moon
Houston Chronicle (2/21): A White House strategy for combining the best of NASA, its international partners and the U.S. private sector would lead to the assembly of the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway (LOPG), a lunar orbiting space station for astronauts, by 2023. The estimated ...