In Today’s Deep Space Extra… U.S. and Russian crewmembers set for launch to the International Space Station today at 1:44 pm EST. Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot explains NASA’s difficult mission. U.S. House members call on Senate leadership to proceed with Jim Bridinstine’s nomination to lead NASA.
Human Space Exploration
Russian Soyuz set to carry crew to Space Station
CBS News (3/20): A Russian Soyuz rocket with NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold and Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev is set to liftoff for the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday at 1:44 p.m., EST. They are to dock with the Space Station on Friday at 3:41 p.m., EST, joining three U.S., Japanese and Russian crew mates. NASA will carry launch coverage beginning at 12:30 pm EST at nasa.go/ntv
Is NASA still necessary? How the space agency sold itself to Trump
Alabama.com (3/20): NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot addressed the question of the agency’s purpose in remarks Tuesday before the Huntsville chapter of the National Press Club. The answers range from discovery and advancing science to strengthening the nation’s aerospace and defense industries, advancing education, inspiration and offering global leadership.
Russian cosmonauts to launch nano-satellites during spacewalk ...