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Today’s Deep Space Extra

11 Oct 2019, 14:12 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Administrator expresses confidence in SpaceX’s ability to meet Commercial Crew Program objectives following a factory tour and face to face meeting with founder Elon Musk on Thursday. NASA and Northrop Grumman launch a mission to study the Earth’s Ionosphere. NASA astronauts Drew Morgan and Christina Koch embark on the second in a fast paced series of spacewalks outside the International Space Station (ISS) early Friday.
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NASA Administrator visits SpaceX in bid to ease tension in their relationshipCoalition Member in the News – BoeingWashington Post (10/11): NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine emerged from a tour of SpaceX facilities in Hawthorne, California, with founder and CEO Elon Mush assured the company is committed to addressing a pair of issues that challenge efforts to resume domestic launches of astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). NASA turned to Russia for transportation after the shuttle fleet was retired in 2011. The issues include a ground based Crew Dragon thruster fire in April and parachutes for the end of mission return to Earth. A month ago, Bridenstine questioned whether SpaceX was focused on fulfilling its NASA Commercial Crew Program commitments. “We will make it,” said he ...

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