In Today’s Deep Space Extra… International Space Station (ISS) experiments seek insight into health challenges for human deep space explorers. Intense solar activity may be headed toward Earth. Debris from Indian ASAT test still in orbit.
Human Space Exploration
Staying healthy longer in space
Phys.org (5/6): Rodent Research-12, an experiment now underway on board the International Space Station (ISS), is expected to offer insights into how the stresses of spaceflight affect the human immune system and what that may mean for future missions of deep space exploration. The immune systems of humans and mice are similar. The rodent subjects are being vaccinated before and while they are in space to assess how they respond.
Intense solar radio bursts
Spaceweather.com (5/7): The past few days have been marked by some intense solar activity attributed to sun spot AR2740. Some of the activity may be headed towards Earth.
Boulders on diamond-shaped asteroids hint at dusty landslides
Space.com (5/7): On going U.S. and Japanese asteroid sample return missions, NASA’s Osiris-Rex at Bennu and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) Hayabusa 2 at Ryugu, are providing scientists with a deeper understanding of surface processes that influenced the diamond like shapes ...