In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Gateway strategy is unfolding as planned. Russia plans to assess the hardware life of its International Space Station (ISS) elements. NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) are working toward a joint mission to return samples of Martian rock and soil to Earth for analysis.
Human Space Exploration
Gateway development remains on trackSpaceNews.com (9/17): The lunar orbiting Gateway that NASA plans to begin assembling in 2022 to support a 2024 human return to the surface of the Moon is proceeding as planned, Dan Hartman, NASA’s Gateway program manager, told a September 11 session of the Wernher von Braun symposium at the Marshall Space Flight Center. Initially, the module will consist of a commercial power and propulsion module and a modest habitat.
Roscosmos hopes to scrutinize service life of Russian segment of ISS by 2021TASS of Russia (9/16): Roscosmos, Russia’s federal space agency, plans to contract for an engineering assessment of the future service life of the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS) should the life of the orbiting lab be extended beyond 2024.
ISS National Lab work continues amid NASA reviewSpace News (9/17): Oversight of the U.S. National Lab volume and ...