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Today’s Deep Space Extra

26 Jun 2019, 15:31 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA contracts for a key piece of ground hardware at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) to support an accelerated and sustainable human return to the lunar surface. Spike in Mars methane concentration continues to intrigue. Israel’s Space IL will not attempt a lunar return after all. Remembering Apollo 11.
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Today’s tidbits: June 25, 2019: NASA awards Mobile Launcher 2 contractSpacepolicyonline.com (6/26): As urged by Congress, NASA is acquiring a second Mobile Launcher (ML) for the Space Launch System (SLS) heavy lift rocket, a cornerstone in efforts to resume human deep space exploration with an accelerated landing at the south pole of the Moon in 2024. The SLS will be assembled or “stacked” on the ML platform in the Kennedy Space Center’s (KSC) Vertical Assembly Building (VAB) for transportation to the launch pad. The first ML platform was developed for the SLS block 1, which will launch the first uncrewed and crewed test flights of the SLS and Orion, called Artemis 1 and 2. Under an approximate $383 million contract announced Tuesday, Bechtel National, Inc., of Reston, Virginia, will build a second platform equipped for the SLS block 1B, with a more powerful ...

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