In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is a key element for NASA, international partners and commercial industry at the Moon. A Russian spacewalk planned for Tuesday will look for signs of external damage to the International Space Station’s (ISS) Russian segment. NASA’s Voyager 2 has left the solar system, and the agency’s Osiris Rex spacecraft has detected water rich minerals at its sample return target, the asteroid Bennu.
Human Space Exploration
NASA lunar orbiter now supporting commercial and international missions
SpaceNews.com (12/10): Launched in 2009 as part of former president George W. Bush’s cancelled Constellation return to the moon initiative, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) continues to observe and map the Moon’s surface. LRO, is appears, has the fuel and staying power to support with imagery new commercial and international missions to the surface of the Moon to help establish a future sustained human presence.
Space Station crew to inspect mysterious hole on spacewalk
Associated Press via ABC News (12/11): Cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev are to embark on a spacewalk Tuesday outside the International Space Station’s (ISS) Russian segment. They are to examine thermal and orbital debris shielding external to the source of an ...