In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Efforts continue between the White House and Congress to avert a second partial U.S. government shutdown on Friday that would affect a range of civilian agencies, including NASA. NASA to address efforts to regain communications with the Opportunity rover on Mars, lost in late June 2018 during a global dust storm.
Human Space Exploration
Lawmakers line up behind bipartisan border deal to avert shutdown, as Trump signals he may sign it
Washington Post (2/12): The White House and Congress appeared on track toward a compromise late Tuesday that would avert a second partial U.S. government shutdown affecting a range of civilian agencies, including NASA and its efforts this year to restore a U.S. human space launch capability lost as NASA’s shuttle fleet was retired in 2011. The current compromise ended a record shutdown on January 25, but the funding authority expires this Friday. The two sides are struggling over immigration policy and the construction of a wall along parts of the border with Mexico.
We’ll need a whole new landing approach to put humans on Mars
Discovery (2/12): NASA’s Curiosity rover, at 2,200 pounds, is the heaviest spacecraft to successfully land on the Martian ...