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Today’s Deep Space Extra

18 Mar 2019, 15:12 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Lunar ice could be a major resource for human deep space exploration. Researchers find potential latent health concern for human space exploration. Russia revives launch plans for International Space Station (ISS) science module. More White House 2020 budget proposal details expected Monday.
Human Space Exploration
New research module Nauka for ISS to undergo pre-flight tests – Roscosmos chief
TASS of Russia (3/17): The long delayed launch of Russia’s large Nauka science module to the International Space Station (ISS) could proceed in 2020, according to Dmitry Rogozin, head of Roscosmos, the Russian space agency. Recently, the Nauka’s delay promoted Russian to temporarily reduce the number of cosmonauts assigned to the Station from three to two.
Moon mining could actually work, with the right approach
Space.com (3/15): Lunar reconnaissance points to the presence of water ice, a resource supporting future economic development and human deep space exploration, in permanently shaded regions of the Moon and perhaps locked in the mineralogy of surface materials. With investments in lunar mining and power technologies, that resource could be processed into rocket propellants. Commercial Lunar Propellant Architecture: A Collaborative Study of Lunar Propellant Production, a recent report compiled by members of ...

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