In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA briefs Vice President Mike Pence, chair of the White House National Space Council. China’s recently launched mission to the Moon’s far side reaches lunar orbit. Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, seeks government support for a new rocket capable of lunar missions.
Human Space Exploration
Pence to NASA employees: Get used to the fast pace
Spacepolicyonline.com (12/12): During a visit to NASA in Washington on Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence promised essential funding to complete the development of the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion crew exploration capsule. At the same time, Pence, who also chairs the White House National Space Council, urged the workforce to get used to an urgency in their activities, activities on which Pence was briefed.
NASA’s next Space Station crew undaunted in goal of making it to space despite October mission failure
Houston Chronicle (12/11): NASA astronaut Nick Hague has put aside any concerns that his October 11 International Space Station (ISS) bound Russian Soyuz launch abort with cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin might have dampened his enthusiasm for space exploration. The Russian spacecraft carrying the two men descended safely back to Earth two minutes after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in ...