In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys appears close to resuming science operations. China’s Chang’e 4 lunar far side lander powers down for the lunar night. Protesters express support for ending the partial U.S. government shutdown, which has led workers at NASA, NOAA and other civilian agencies to go without pay.
Human Space Exploration
SLS liquid hydrogen tank test article loaded into test stand
NASA.gov (1/15): The largest piece of structural test hardware for America’s new deep space rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), was loaded into Test Stand 4693 at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama January 14, 2019. The liquid hydrogen tank is part of the rocket’s core stage that is more than 200 feet tall with a diameter of 27.6 feet, and stores cryogenic liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen that will feed the vehicle’s RS-25 engines.
Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 to Resume Operations
NASA (1/15): The Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys is returning to normal operations, NASA reported on Tuesday. The 29-year-old space observatory’s primary camera faltered on January 8, when abnormal voltage levels were detected. Upon troubleshooting, it appears the difficulty ...