In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Two key U.S. senators make bipartisan call for White House to continue funding International Space Station operations until a capable private sector successor emerges. Three U.S. and Russian astronauts descend to Earth after 168 days at the Space Station. NASA’s efforts to develop the WFIRST dark energy observatory will continue unless Congress agrees with White House call for cancellation. Investors look at mobile phone network for the moon.
Human Space Flight
Cruz, Nelson want ISS to continue until viable commercial alternative exists
Spacepolicyonline.com (2/27): In letters to the White House Office of Management and Budget and NASA, U.S. Senators Bill Nelson, or Florida, and Ted Cruz, of Texas, insist that NASA continue to fund International Space Station operations until a private sector alternative emerges. The White House 2019 budget proposal for NASA calls for an end of direct ISS operational funding in 2025 so that NASA can refocus on human deep space exploration. Nelson is the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate’s Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Cruz, a Republican, chair of the Committee’s Space, Science and Competitiveness Subcommittee.
Soyuz spacecraft brings three Station fliers home
Spaceflightnow.com (2/28): Russia’s Soyuz MS-06 capsule descended ...