In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA and its contract team are moving ahead on multiple fronts to achieve a human return to the surface of the Moon in 2024. A U.S. branch of the military focused on space moves closer to reality.
Human Space Exploration
Artemis updatesAmericaSpace.com (10/9): Author Jim Hillhouse offers a look at the progress made in the development of key hardware and systems elements of NASA’s Artemis initiative, including the Orion capsule, Space Launch System (SLS) and abort strategies.
Watch SpaceX Dragon launch pad escape system testingSpaceflightnow.com (8/9): As part of the safety preparations for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program missions, the agency is updating the space shuttle slide wire escape system at the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39A, which is planned for use by SpaceX’s Crew Dragon to transport astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). The slide wire angles about 1,200 feet from the pad’s 265 foot level to the ground, a bunker and armored vehicle. In an emergency, astronauts and ground crews board an elevated basket for the slide to safety.
NASA’s next big space telescope aces key mirror test (video)Coalition Member in the News – Northrop GrummanSpace.com (8/11): The secondary ...