In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Approaching anniversaries of NASA’s Apollo missions to the Moon serve to also as a reminder of the benefits that followed. NASA’s Mars InSight operations follow careful rehearsals on Earth. Concerns of a budget impasse and government shutdown appear to ease some.
Human Space Exploration
To the Moon and back: Apollo 8 and the future of lunar exploration
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (12/18): During late 1968, NASA’s leadership turned an orbital test flight of the Apollo capsule’s atmospheric re-entry systems into a mission around the Moon and back with astronauts Jim Lovell, Frank Borman and Bill Anders. Their December 21 launch inserted the three astronauts into lunar orbit over Christmas Eve and Christmas, offering the nation much needed inspiration and helping to set the stage for the Apollo moon landing in July 1969. NASA/Goddard offers the first of a five part historical perspective.
Op-Ed | Space: the new economic frontier
SpaceNews.com (12/17): With the New Year, many will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. The first mission by human explorers to the surface of another planetary object, the Moon, unfolded in July 1969. In an op-ed, U.S. Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Thomas Donohue ...