In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Though slowed by a record partial U.S. government shutdown, NASA workers are moving ahead with efforts to support Commercial Crew Program test flights this year and prepare the Space Launch System (SLS) for its inaugural test flight.
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CBS News (1/17): Despite an absence of pay during a prolonged partial U.S. government shutdown, NASA employees continue to advance the agency’s critical missions. Those include preparations for uncrewed and crewed test flights by NASA’s Commercial Crew Program partners Boeing and SpaceX of the CST-100 Starliner and Crew Dragon. In all, four test launches of the spacecraft are planned to the International Space Station (ISS) this year, with SpaceX launching first and possibly next month. The effort is intended to restore capabilities to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) from U.S. soil for the first time since NASA’s shuttle fleet was retired in 2011. NASA workers are also looking after Space Station crews, the Hubble space telescope and other space observatories. It’s unclear, however, whether the uncompensated work can continue if the record shutdown, which ...