In Today’s Deep Space Extra… U.S. and Russian astronauts are set to launch from Kazakhstan to the International Space Station (ISS) late Thursday. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine weighs options to keep Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) on schedule for a June 2020 launch, the first joining Orion and the SLS rocket for an uncrewed multi week test flight around the Moon. Alternatives include turning to a commercial launch alternative.
Human Space Exploration
Soyuz crew set to try again, 5 months after frightening launch abort
CBSNews.com (3/13): NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch readied to join cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin Thursday aboard the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for their planned launch at 3:14 p.m., EDT, to the International Space Station (ISS). Their six hour sprint to the orbiting science lab is to return the ISS to six person crew operations. Hague and Ovchinin survived a dramatic October 11 launch and abort of the Soyuz MS-10. Hague, Koch and Ovchinin, the Soyuz commander, are to dock with the Space Station at 9:07 p.m., EDT.
NASA considering flying Orion on commercial launch vehicles
Coalition Member in the News – United Launch Alliance
SpaceNews.com (3/13): NASA is assessing commercial alternatives to ...