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Today’s Deep Space Extra

29 Jan 2019, 15:52 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Might human space exploration benefit from regular 10-year priority assessments by the National Academies of Sciences? NASA workers return to their jobs following a record partial shutdown.
Human Space Flight
Europe’s Space Station module has hundreds of tiny dents from ‘marauding’ debris
Space.com (1/28): The European Space Agency (ESA) has released results of a camera scan of the exterior of the agency’s 11-year-old Columbus module contribution to the International Space Station (ISS). The scan revealed many small dents from small bits of orbital debris, both natural and man-made. The findings will be folded into a European orbital debris model. So far, the ISS, which has housed astronauts from a range of countries since late 2000 has weathered the debris environment of Earth orbit.
Would a decadal survey work for human space exploration? (Op Ed)
The Space Review (1/28): The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has been conducting priority setting assessments in astronomy, astrophysics, heliophysics and Earth observations, starting with astronomy since the 1960’s. The National Academies’ decadals were widely respected by NASA, Congress and other policymakers, yet the Congressionally chartered nonprofit has yet to assess human spaceflight priorities. “This is by no means ...

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