In Today’s Deep Space Extra… China’s readied the launch Friday of the first lander/rover planetary science mission to the Moon’s far side. The U.S. House and Senate offered the White House an alternative shut down for a range of federal agencies without 2019 budgets, including NASA and NOAA. The President must sign by Friday at midnight.
Human Space Exploration
NASA sends new research, hardware to Space Station on SpaceX mission
NASA.gov (12/5): Experiments in forest observation, protein crystal growth and in-space fuel transfer demonstration are heading to the International Space Station (ISS) following the launch Wednesday of SpaceX’s 16th mission for NASA under the agency’s Commercial Resupply Services contract. The company’s Dragon spacecraft lifted off at 1:16 p.m. EST on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It’s carrying more than 5,600 pounds of research equipment, cargo and supplies that will support the crew, Station maintenance and dozens of the more than 250 investigations aboard the Space Station.
Move over, Elon: Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg ‘absolutely’ would go to Mars
Coalition Member in the News – Boeing
GeekWire.com (12/6): SpaceX founder Elon Musk has announced himself prepared to voyage to ...