In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Strides in space anticipated for 2019, though many involved are dealing with an early partial U.S. government shutdown and plans by SpaceX to reduce its commercial workforce. An International Space Station (ISS) cargo mission returned to Earth early Monday. NASA’s Mars InSight lander powers up its seismic sensor to study the Red Planet’s internal activities.
Human Space Exploration
Why 2019 is shaping up to be a stellar year for space exploration
Coalition Member in the News – Boeing
Washington Post (1/11): Here’s why: NASA is working with Boeing and SpaceX under the agency’s Commercial Crew Program to restart launches of astronauts from U.S. soil, the first since the space shuttle fleet was retired in 2011. Commercial suborbital passenger spaceflight may commence this year as well. At the same time, NASA is pressing toward a sustained human presence at the Moon with development of the Orion crew capsule and Space Launch System (SLS) as well as plans for a human tended, lunar orbiting Gateway.
Dragon cargo craft returns to Earth
Spaceflightnow.com (1/14): Launched December 5, SpaceX’s 16th NASA contracted re-supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) returned to Earth early Monday, splashing down under parachute ...