In Today’s Deep Space Extra… At Mars, NASA’s InSight lander deploys and shields a mission critical seismometer for first ever measures of the planet’s subsurface activities. Private sector investments in the space sector continue to rise.
Human Space Exploration
Two men spent 340 days in space. Scientists are still figuring out what they’ve learned
Space.com (2/3): In the spring of 2016, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly wrapped up the longest single U.S. spaceflight, a 340 days assignment aboard the International Space Station (ISS) with cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko. In the aftermath, the human spaceflight community is calling for more long and medium duration missions with similar medical scrutiny to help assess the health challenges that human explorers assigned to deep space missions landing years may face.
SpaceX test-fire of Mars spaceship’s flight engine is milestone for its engine development
Los Angeles Times (2/4): SpaceX offered details of a ground test firing of its Raptor flight version rocket engine late Sunday in McGregor, Texas. The engine, fueled with methane and liquid oxygen, is to power both the Super Heavy and Starship upper stage for future deep space missions.
InSight’s seismometer now has a cozy shelter on Mars
NASA’s Jet ...