In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Russia was not pleased to learn an invitation to its space agency chief from his NASA counterpart has been withdrawn. A partial U.S. government shutdown has introduced uncertainty into a launch date for the first NASA Commercial Crew Program test flight. China’s Chang’e 4 Yutu 2 lunar rover takes a breather.
Human Space Exploration
Russia angered by NASA’s revoked invitation to U.S.
Moscow Times of Russia (1/7): Russia’s space agency expresses displeasure over NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine’s decision to rescind an invitation to Dmitry Rogozin, his Russian counterpart, to visit the U.S. Rogozin is among those sanctioned by the U.S. in 2014 for his role in Russia’s annexation of Crimea while serving as Russia’s deputy prime minister. The October invitation, intended to strengthen ties between the two space programs drew protests from some members of Congress, and Bridenstine withdrew it late last week.
SpaceX demo flight a month away, will be “especially dangerous,” Musk says
Coalition Member in the News – Boeing
Ars Technica (1/7): A crucial test flight is approaching for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and its SpaceX partner. The mission will be the first for the company’s crew Dragon and Falcon 9 and ...