In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA is striving for an Artemis-1 launch by the end of 2020, the first joint launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion capsule on an uncrewed test flight around the Moon. Russia celebrates the first ever spacewalk by Alexey Leonov. NASA auditors express concerns for planned missions to Europa, the ice and ocean covered moon of Jupiter. China preps a Mars rover for a mid-2020 launch.
Human Space Exploration
NASA still aiming for 2020 first launch of SLSSpaceNews.com (5/29): In briefings before the NASA Advisory Council’s Human Exploration and Operations Committee, NASA managers stress they are keeping alive a possible first test launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion capsule by the end of 2020. The uncrewed Artemis-1 mission would launch Orion around the Moon and back to Earth. Once planned for mid-2020, Artemis 1 flight faces SLS core stage development and pre-launch test challenges. The third in the series of SLS/Orion test flights is to place human explorers on the surface of the Moon in 2024.
Cosmonauts complete tasks outside Space Station, honor spacewalk pioneer
CBS News via Spaceflightnow.com (5/29): Cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Alexey Ovchinin paid tribute from the ...