In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s plans for a lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway gain a new international partners. Budget details suggest NASA’s 2020 Mars rover is dealing with a rise in cost. Though primitive, the Kuiper Belt Object Ultima Thule explored by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on New Year’s Day appears complex in its geology, chemistry and physics.
Human Space Exploration
Japan to develop habitation unit for Gateway lunar station
Asahi Shimbum of Japan (3/19): The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) plans to sign on to the NASA-led human tended, lunar orbiting Gateway by providing a habitation module in cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA) as well as a re-supply vessel. Much of the work will be patterned after modules provided for the International Space Station (ISS). The Canadian Space Agency has already announced plans to provide a robotic arm. Assembly of the Gateway is to begin in 2022.
50 years ago, the first spacewalk nearly ended in tragedy
Gizmodo (3/18): Monday marked the 50th anniversary of the first spacewalk, a dramatic 12 minute learning experience outside the Earth orbiting two man Voskhod -1 Russian spacecraft.
NASA confirms Mars 2020 overrun
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