In Today’s Deep Space Extra… U.S. lawmakers continue to resolve a record partial government shutdown whose toll is increasing. Blue Origin logs a 10th successful flight of its reusable suborbital New Shepard launch vehicle. U.S. and Japanese asteroid sample return missions continue their reconnaissance of Bennu and Ryugu.
Human Space Exploration
Shutdown’s toll mounts for NASA and companies
SpaceNews.com (1/23): Nearing a record five weeks, the partial U.S. government shutdown’s impact is spreading to a growing number of commercial space enterprises as well as federal agencies like NASA, NOAA, the FAA and FCC, with an impact on their financial health and work forces. About 95 percent of NASA’s workforce has been furloughed or called to work without compensation to supervise the International Space Station (ISS) and other orbiting spacecraft. Wednesday, NASA announced it was postponing its annual Day of Remembrance, planned for January 31, because of the shutdown. The annual event pays tribute to the astronauts who perished in the Apollo 1 fire of 1967 and the shuttle Challenger and Columbia tragedies of 1986 and 2003.
Bold ideas for life off Earth
ESA (1/24): In a repurposed office on the European Astronaut Centre’s ground floor in Cologne, Germany, several material ...