In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The nation’s space community continues its discussion of an accelerated, NASA-led human return to the Moon, to which a fully tested Space Launch System is indispensable. An amended NASA budget proposal to fund the initiative may be coming this week. Experts gathering at the University of Maryland this week will participate in a crisis-management simulation concerning a possible major impact with an asteroid or comet. An international body calls for a new organization designed to hasten commercial spaceflight safety regulations and certification.
Human Space Exploration
NASA to perform key test of the SLS rocket, necessitating a delay in its launch
Ars Technica (4/26): NASA leadership remains committed to a “green run” test of the Space Launch System (SLS) core stage. The test requires placing the core first stage on a test stand at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and simultaneously firing all four first stage engines for a “full duration burn” of about eight minutes.
Trump and Pence push `America first’ agenda to the Moon and outer space
Washington Post (4/26): What effect might the Trump administration’s focus on “America First” in its goal of an accelerated return to the Moon with human ...