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Today’s Deep Space Extra

3 Oct 2019, 15:54 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Russia’s Soyuz MS-12 landed safely Thursday morning, safely returning three crew members to Earth. Astrobotic’s cubeover program is awarded $2 million NASA contract. NASA testing a shape-shifting robot that could explore Saturn’s moon.
Human Space ExplorationThree-man crew, including first UAE astronaut, landed today Spaceflightnow.com (10/3): Russia’s Soyuz MS-12 landed safely early today in central Kazakhstan after departing the International Space Station (ISS) with a three person crew. They included United Arab Emirate’s (UAE) first astronaut, Hazza Ali Almansoori, NASA’s Nick Hague and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin. Touchdown of the capsule under parachute occurred at 6:49 a.m., EDT. The return ended a 203 day mission for Hague and Ovchinin and an eight day roundtrip for Almansoori, who flew under an agreement with the Russian space agency.
This is China’s new spacecraft to take astronauts to the Moon (photos)Space.com (10/2): Though yet to be named, China is developing a spacecraft for humans that will support missions to the Moon and other deep space destinations. It could fly next year, an indication China is looking beyond the Earth orbiting space station it plans to assemble as well. The crew and service modules are about 30 feet in ...

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