In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Spacewalking NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Nick Hague are to initiate a power storage battery change out outside the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday. The White House National Space Council meeting planned for next Tuesday may focus on accelerating efforts to make a sustained U.S. return to the lunar surface with human explorers.
Human Space Exploration
Final suit checks and reviews before Friday’s spacewalk
NASA (3/21): U.S. astronauts Anne McClain and Nick Hague are to embark early Friday on the first of two spacewalks to replace aging nickel hydrogen power storage batteries on the port side of the International Space Station (ISS) solar power truss. They hope to kick off a two spacewalk effort to replace a dozen of the aging batteries with six higher technology lithium ion batteries. A second spacewalk is planned for March 29, the first conducted by two women, McClain and NASA colleague Christina Koch. Live coverage began at 6:30 a.m., EDT, at www.nasa.gov/nasalive
Vice President may tell NASA to accelerate lunar landings
Ars Technica (3/22): The White House National Space Council, led by Vice President Mike Pence, is to convene next Tuesday in Huntsville, Alabama. According to one of ...