In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA announces a launch delay for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to grant the U.S., European and Canadian space observatory the best chance for success with pre-launch testing. The five to ten year mission to study the earliest star systems and extra solar planets could get underway in 2020.
Human Space Exploration
White House: Protect Apollo moon landing sites, but treaties could lead to backlash
Collectspace.com (3/27): A report prepared by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy calls for voluntary efforts to preserve the six Apollo era landing sites on the moon, strategies not embedded in treaties or legislation that might discourage or inhibit future commercial activities. Some examination of lunar Apollo artifacts could be useful in assessing how hardware on the moon ages, according to the report.
Remembering Yuri Gagarin 50 years later
NASA.gov (3/27): On Tuesday, NASA took note of the cosmonaut’s passing during a training mission. Gagarin was the first human to travel in space, launched on April 12, 1961.
Launch of NASA’s new flagship space telescope is delayed again
Coalition Member in the News – Northrop Grumman
Washington Post (3/27): Delays ...