In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The President’s assurances about establishing a space corps, and about human explorers to Mars in the near future, fall under scrutiny. NASA’s Deep Space Network, utilized for science missions and a lot more, is in need of more funding. China’s next moon mission, Chang’e 4, a soft landing on the moon’s far side, is prepared to launch in two phases this year. Three U.S. and Russian astronauts launch to the International Space Station this week.
Human Space Flight
Donald Trump said America is going to Mars. Here’s why that won’t happen any time soon
Time (3/16): While the White House National Space Council pursues a strategy that refocuses NASA’s human space exploration endeavors from the International Space Station and low Earth orbit to the lunar environs, the president has expressed a desire for a military space corps and human expeditions to Mars. The U.S. military has questioned the first and it may violate current international treaties intended to keep weapons from space. As for Mars soon, NASA’s current budget lacks the dollars.
CST-100 Starliner re-entry thrusters delivered
Coalition Members in the News – Aerojet Rocketdyne, Boeing
Spaceflightinsider.com (3/18): Thrusters manufactured by Aerojet Rocketdyne and designed ...