In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A NASA cargo mission reached the six person International Space Station (ISS) early Saturday. After a suspenseful October 11 Soyuz launch abort with cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, NASA astronaut Nick Hague says he’s ready for a second Soyuz launch opportunity to the Space Station planned for February 28. China aims for a spacecraft landing on the Moon’s far side, a first.
Culberson optimistic about 2019 spending bill and Europa mission funding
SpaceNews.com (12/7): With the extension of a budget continuing resolution from December 7 to December 21 by Congress and the White House last week, the outgoing chairman of the U.S. House appropriations subcommittee that oversees NASA’s budget expressed optimism that a full year budget bill for the space agency can be enacted before the December 21. Another extension of the resolution tied to 2018 spending levels could slow development of NASA’s planned lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway. The 2019 fiscal year began October 1 without a full year budget in place for a number of civilian agencies, including NASA and NOAA.
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CRS-16 Dragon arrives at ISS after ground-based communications issue
Spaceflightinsider.com (12/8): Nearly 5,700 pounds of science experiments, ...