In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Russia examines its space partnership options. Cosmonaut space walkers track down mysterious damage to a Soyuz crew transport docked to the International Space Station (ISS). NASA’s Apollo 8 crew looks back to their historic 1968 Moon mission as its 50th anniversary approaches.
Human Space Exploration
Russia wants to extend U.S. space partnership, or it could turn to China
New York Times (12/11): Strained relations between the U.S. and Russia on multiple fronts, including tensions over possible U.S. election interference and Russian conflicts in Syria and the Ukraine, may be testing future cooperation in space between the two countries. Both bring a space legacy reaching back to the Cold War, but NASA’s oversight of the International Space Station (ISS) could come to an end by 2025 because of a White House initiative to transition U.S. human low Earth orbit activities to the private sector. Russia is assessing a shift in its partnerships to China or India if the strain becomes too much.
Nelson continues effort to extend Space Station
SpaceNews.com (12/11): In remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate late Monday, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson urged continued efforts to extend NASA oversight of the International ...