In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Partial U.S. government shutdown threatens to slow NASA Space Launch System (SLS) development. NASA’s Jim Bridenstine and Russia’s Dmitry Rogozin speak by phone after an invitation for the Russian space agency head is rescinded. China says cotton seed has sprouted on the Moon’s far side.
Human Space Exploration
Shutdown puts crimp in Space Launch System (SLS) testing
Coalition Member in the News – Boeing
Politico (1/14): The partial U.S. government shutdown, which began December 22 forcing some workers to be furloughed and others to continue working without pay, is beginning to have an impact on efforts to develop the Space Launch System (SLS), the large rocket that is to start a new generation of human explorers on missions of deep space exploration. “If we got into a big delay due to the furlough, it could really delay the American return to the Moon,” according to Boeing’s John Shannon, who oversees the effort. NASA has set a goal of reaching the Moon’s surface with astronauts by 2028.
Bridenstine and Rogozin speak by phone after cancelled visit
SpaceNews.com (1/15): NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia’s space agency, spoke by phone on Monday. ...