In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA and SpaceX are moving ahead with plans for the April 30 launch of the company’s 17th contracted resupply mission to the International Space Station, while they investigate a Crew Dragon thruster explosion last Saturday. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has offered new imagery of its efforts to gather a subsurface sample of the asteroid Ryugu for return to Earth earlier this month.
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NASA moves ahead with cargo Dragon launch after Crew Dragon anomaly
Space News (4/22): NASA is moving ahead with plans to launch the agency’s 17th SpaceX contracted cargo mission to the International Space Station in the aftermath of an explosive incident Saturday at the U. S. Air Force Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., involving a SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule and preparation for an upcoming post launch abort test. The cargo mission launch is scheduled for early April 30.
Kennedy scientist leading team to combat lunar dust
NASA Kennedy Space Center (4/18): Lunar dust proved an unexpected challenge to the success of NASA’s six Apollo era Moon landings and the health of the astronauts. Scientists from the agency’s Kennedy Space Center launched an experiment to the International Space ...