In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A possible U.S. government shutdown affecting a number of civilian agencies, including NASA and NOAA, on Friday at midnight looms. Legislation extending NASA oversight of the International Space Station (ISS) until 2030 cleared the U.S. Senate on Thursday.
Human Space Exploration
Senate passes commercial space bill
SpaceNews.com (12/20): Legislation passed by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, the Space Frontier Act, authorizes an extension of International Space Station (ISS) operations from 2024 to 2030 and opens military installations to commercial launch activities. The Act had bipartisan sponsorship. However, with the current legislative session coming to a close soon, it may be too late in the year for the bill to become law. The White House has proposed that NASA’s human low Earth orbit activities transition to the private sector by 2025.
Apollo 8: NASA’s first Moonshot was a bold and terrifying improvisation
Washington Post (12/20): Launched 50 years ago, NASA’s Apollo 8 mission represented a bold move by the U.S. to explore the Moon with astronauts. NASA’s trio of Apollo 8 astronauts launched from Earth to circle the Moon over Christmas Eve and Christmas in 1968, laying the ground work for Apollo 11, the first human ...