In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA managers offer a positive outlook for the Artemis human return to the Moon initiative. Plans for the launch of China’s space station appear to slip.
Human Space Exploration
NASA: Artemis on track for 2024Spacepolicyonline.com (9/11): The NASA leadership of Artemis, the agency initiative to accelerate a return of human explorers to the surface of the Moon by 2024, provided an update on planning this week at the 12th annual Wernher Von Braun Memorial Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama. In addition to the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion crew capsule, key elements are a temporarily downsized lunar orbiting Gateway to accommodate a 2024 rather than 2028 human return, and a human landing system, whose development is overseen by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center but developed and operated by commercial providers. Surface stays of four to six days are anticipated.
Chinese space station core module passes review but faces delaysSpaceNews.com (9/11): The core module prototype for China’s planned space station passed its final review earlier this month, setting the stage for production of the flight element. But the Long March 5B heavy lift launch vehicle that is to place the Tianhe (Harmony of the Heavens) ...