In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA named its first spaceflight commander, Eileen Collins, 20 years ago this week. In Europe, a public/private partnership emerges for possible future International Space Station commercial activities. Scientists sound concerns over growing cosmic ray presence. NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, twice commander of the International Space Station, recently joined with New York youngsters for a Mars discussion.
Human Space Exploration
‘Trying to do her job’: 20 years since the first female shuttle commander was assigned
America Space (3/4): It was 20 years ago this week that two time NASA space shuttle pilot Eileen Collins was named the first woman to command a U.S. space flight. The announcement, hosted by then President and First Lady Bill and Hillary Clinton, led to the launch of the shuttle Columbia with Collins and four others plus the Chandra X-ray Observatory in July 1999.
Bartolomeo: the new European challenge for boosting commercial activities on the International Space Station
The Space Review (3/5): The European Space Agency and Aerobus Defence and Space have signed a public/private partnership agreement for the assembly, launch and operations of Bartolomeo a payload hosting platform to be fastened to the outside of the International Space Station’s Columbus ...