In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Two NASA astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut launched and docked to the International Space Station (ISS) late Thursday, returning the orbiting science to six person operations for the first time since December. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine’s remarks this week about the possible exchange of the SLS for a commercial launch of Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) continues to cause a stir.
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Bridenstine reiterates commitment to SLS
SpaceNews.com (3/14): NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine sought to erase doubts over his commitment to the Space Launch System (SLS) during remarks Thursday in Washington before a Space Transportation Association luncheon. The remarks followed by a day his testimony before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee in which Bridenstine said the agency was considering a commercial launch alternative to the SLS for Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1). EM-1 is to mate Orion and the SLS together for the first time for a multi week test flight around the Moon and back to Earth. His statements to lawmakers were prompted by a potential delay in the EM-1 launch beyond June 2020 with the SLS.
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