In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA moves to acquire vital launch and spacecraft components for Artemis 3, an accelerated effort to return human explorers to the surface of the Moon in 2024. NASA, Mars scientists mark a productive seven years on Mars for the Curiosity rover. Small satellite launch ride share market showing rising economic promise.
Human Space Exploration
NASA starts buying long lead parts for third Orion ESM, SLS Core StageNASAspaceflight.com (8/5): Those long leads would be for a third test flight of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion capsule. The third test flight, designated Artemis 3, is to launch in 2024 and return U.S. human explorers to the surface of the Moon for the first time since the final Apollo mission, Apollo 17 in December 1972. The needed long lead components include the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Orion service module. Currently, only contracts for long lead items for Artemis 1 and 2 hardware are in place.
Tiny robot ‘bumbles’ through the air aboard Space StationSpace.com (8/5): In all, three Astrobees have taken flight within the International Space Station (ISS). These free flyers were designed to assist the astronauts with their maintenance chores, even look for lost items. ...