In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Space Station program is working a power issue aboard the International Space Station (ISS) that will affect plans for a SpaceX cargo mission launch planned for early Wednesday. Experts gather at the University of Maryland to discuss international cooperation in planetary defense.
Human Space Exploration
The race to develop the Moon
New Yorker (4/29): While NASA prepares for a sustained human return to the lunar surface, China, Israel, India and Japan are among the nations taking their first robotic steps for lunar surface activity. In July, NASA will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Five more missions would follow. Apollo 17 marked the program’s final mission in December 1972.
SpaceX resupply launch delayed by malfunction on space station
Spaceflightnow.com (4/30): The 17th NASA SpaceX contracted re-supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS), which has been set to liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, early Wednesday with about 5,500 pounds of supplies and research equipment, will be delayed until at least Friday by an issue with the six person orbital lab’s main bus switching unit. Two of eight channels of solar power distribution are affected. Once launched the ...