In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Orion abort test has been rescheduled from April to June because of the record December/January partial U.S. government shutdown. Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft descended toward the surface of the asteroid Ryugu on Thursday, prepared to land briefly for a challenging sample collection attempt.
Human Space Exploration
Government shutdown causes two month delay for test of Orion’s emergency system
Houston Chronicle (2/20): NASA’s planned Orion Assent Abort-2 test has been rescheduled for June, a two month setback, due to the recently ended record 35 day partial U.S. government shutdown. The uncrewed Orion launch, reset for June 12, is to test a crew escape system design to lift Orion and its astronauts away from the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket should an emergency arise in flight as well as on the launch pad.
New international Moon/Mars mission launched at HI-SEAS habitat
University of Hawaii (2/19): A two seek simulation of a future human exploration mission to the Moon or Mars is underway this week at the University of Hawaii’s Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) habitat on the slopes of Mauna Loa in Hawaii. Research efforts underway by a crew of six include geological and ...