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Today’s Deep Space Extra

19 Nov 2019, 14:59 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Some in Congressional oversight roles believe NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) will open access to deep space with less risk. Russia promises timely decision on a NASA request to acquire more Soyuz seats for the launch of astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). Scientists observe evidence of water vapor above the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. NASA picks five more companies, including Blue Origin and Sierra Nevada, to launch payloads to the lunar surface.

Human Space Exploration
Seeking a bigger role for a big rocketThe Space Review (11/18): Despite criticism of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) over cost and schedule delays, some in Congress and outside are emphasizing the need for the large rocket to carry out human deep space exploration, with initial missions to the Moon and Mars. The more powerful Block 1B version of the SLS, with a more powerful Exploration Upper Stage may help to limit the numbers of launches for the assembly of a lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway while accelerating schedules for science as well as human missions is of particular interest, according to supporters. Using larger numbers of launches with commercial partners may also increase risk, ...

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