In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Launch pad fire delays Japanese cargo mission launch to the International Space Station (ISS). India’s efforts to re-establish communications with the Chandrayaan-2 moon lander continue, as the opportunity for surface operations fades.
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Space Station cargo mission grounded by launch pad fireSpaceflightnow.com (9/10): The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) eighth cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) was nearing launch Tuesday afternoon, U.S. time, when a fire broke out at the launch pad. The launch of the Kounotori cargo vessel, which was to reach the Space Station early Saturday with new external power storage batteries and hardware to update the station’s Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, has been delayed.
Did India’s Chandrayaan-2 Moon lander survive? The odds are longCoalition Member in the News – Lockheed MartinNew York Times (9/10): The India Space Research Organization (ISRO) has not given up on re-contacting the Chandrayaan-2 Moon lander in spite of a loss of communication late Friday afternoon, U.S. time, as the spacecraft was attempting an autonomous, powered descent to the lunar surface. The Vikram lander was just 2.5 kilometers from its intended south pole landing target when communications stopped. The spacecraft has been imaged ...