In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Efforts to develop the best formula for overcoming the challenges of human deep space exploration are unfolding around the world. U.S. and Japanese asteroid sample return missions are so far providing surprises as well as lots of science. Mars quivers, according to NASA’s InSight lander.
Human Space Exploration
Pence will lead National Space Council meeting in Huntsville
Huntsville Times (3/20): The White House National Space Council, which was re-established in 2017, is to meet on Tuesday at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. During the council’s fifth meeting, the membership will deliberate on plans for a U.S. led, sustained human return to the lunar surface with commercial and international partnerships.
Boeing delays by months test flights for U.S. human space program
Coalition Member in the News – Boeing
Reuters (3/20): Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner, one of two company spacecraft under development in partnership with NASA through the Commercial Crew Program, may face delays this year in efforts to conduct uncrewed and crewed test flights. The spacecraft is to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS). NASA plans a launch schedule update for the Commercial Crew Program next week. SpaceX, ...