In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The White House National Space Council gathers Tuesday to continue discuss of human lunar exploration plans. Blue Origin unveils plans for a rocket production facility expansion at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC).
Human Space Exploration
Political pressure grows on NASA’s lunar program
Spacepolicyonline.com (3/24): The White House National Space Council is scheduled to meet Tuesday in Huntsville, Alabama, home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, with a key topic being frustration over the pace of the agency’s efforts to make a sustained return to the lunar surface with human explorers, according to comments from participants expressed ahead of the meeting.
Spacewalkers hook up new batteries outside International Space Station (ISS)
Spaceflightnow.com (3/22): NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Nick Hague teamed up on Friday for a spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS) in which they continued a battery upgrade that began in early 2017 and is slated to continue for another year. The upgrade involves exchanging 24 new lithium ion batteries for 48 aging nickel hydrogen batteries in waves that involve 6 of the higher technology lithium ion units for 12 of the nickel hydrogen units. McClain is to be joined by fellow NASA astronaut ...