In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA faces challenges with new human spaceflight leadership. A deeper assessment of potential lunar resources could be valuable for Earth. Northrop Grumman’s NASA contracted resupply missions to the International Space Station (ISS) reach a milestone. Communications satellites launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida and French Guiana on Tuesday.
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Cygnus supply ship departs Space Station, begins extended missionCoalition Member in the News – Northrop GrummanSpaceflightnow.com (8/6): Northrop Grumman’s 11th NASA contracted resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) departed the six person orbiting science lab on Tuesday, bringing the company’s initial Commercial Resupply Services agreement with the agency to an end. The company’s Cygnus cargo freighter, launched in April, will continue to orbit the Earth into December supporting small satellite launches as well as the NASA technology demonstration of a small satellite equipped to inspect the exterior of Cygnus up close and image the spacecraft for signs of external damage that can be stored and transmitted to Earth. Cygnus has some similarities to the small habitation component Northrop Grumman has been selected by NASA to provide for the future lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway.
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