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Today’s Deep Space Extra

29 Mar 2018, 14:03 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA astronauts are to spacewalk outside the International Space Station today. Careful scientific and political support has enabled the U.S. to robotically explore much of the solar system. NASA readies TESS, a new mission to identify extra solar planets around the nearest stars.
Human Space Exploration
Watch live: NASA astronauts to install antennas during spacewalk
UPI (3/29): International Space Station newcomer astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, both of NASA, are embarking on a 6 1/2 hour spacewalk this morning to install a new set of wireless communications antennas and external cameras. Russia’s Soyuz MS-08 docked last Friday, delivering Feustel and Arnold and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev for a six to seven month stay.

Space Science
NASA’s golden age? We’re in it [Opinion]
Planetary Society via Houston Chronicle (3/28): “We’ve answered lots of questions about our own planet by studying others,” emphasizes an op-ed that examines current and past U.S. and international efforts to explore the solar system with robotic spacecraft as well as their political and scientific support. The nation’s human space exploration effort, in contrast, has been tugged back and forth, largely at the whim of succeeding presidents, writes Emily Lakdawalla, of ...

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