In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Wednesday brought a successful Cygnus launch headed to the International Space Station (ISS). NASA is extending the missions of two astronauts assigned to the International Space Station (ISS) in order to gather more data on how long space missions might affect the health of future deep space explorers. An independent assessment looks to the late 2030’s as the earliest NASA could reach Mars with human explorers based on budget, technology and testing requirements.
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Coalition Member in the News – Northrop Grumman
Space.com (4/17): Northrop Grumman’s 11th NASA contracted re-supply mission to the six person International Space Station (ISS) lifted off Wednesday afternoon from Wallops Island, Virginia. The Cygnus cargo capsule, carrying an experiment and tech demo rich 7,600 pound cargo, was on course to reach the Space Station early Friday. The mission wraps up Northrop’s 2008 NASA contracted Space Station resupply services contract. The company’s first launch under a second series of NASA Space Station cargo delivery contracts awarded to Sierra Nevada and SpaceX as well as Northrop Grumman in 2016 begins late this year. After three months at the Space ...