In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The absence of a 2020 budget could jeopardize efforts by NASA to accelerate human return to the Moon by 2024. NASA will speak with Russia about the purchase of additional Soyuz transportation for astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) as key Commercial Crew Program flight tests approach. China looks to lead a human lunar exploration effort.
Human Space Exploration
Stopgap funding bill could impair NASA’s lunar ambitionsSpaceNews.com (10/26): The U.S. federal government’s 2021 fiscal year got underway on October 1, without a new budget approved by the House and Senate and signed by President Trump. Instead, the government is operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR) with most activities spending at 2019 levels until November 21. Another CR through February or March could jepoardize NASA’s Artemis initiative to accelerate a human return to the surface of the Moon in 2024.
NASA likely to buy Soyuz seats, defer Japanese astronaut flightCoalition Member in the News – BoeingSpaceflightnow.com (10/25): NASA is looking to the first half of 2020 – perhaps the first quarter of next year – to certify and begin launching astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) using Boeing’s new CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX’s ...