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Today’s Deep Space Extra

2 Dec 2019, 15:55 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… European Space Agency (ESA) member states intend to commit significantly to the NASA led lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway that is part of an accelerated return to the surface of the Moon with astronauts in 2024. U.S. and European spacewalkers embarked early Monday on the third in a series of four spacewalks outside the International Space Station (ISS) to upgrade the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), a cosmic ray observatory.
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ESA declares success at ministerial meetingSpaceNews.com (11/28): A two day ministerial meeting of European Space Agency (ESA) member states in Seville, Spain concluded on November 28 with a commitment to spend 12.45 Euros, or the equivalent of nearly $13.8 billion, U.S. over the next three years. The initiatives include development of the ESPIRIT refueling and telecommunications module for the NASA led lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway and joint work with Japan on a Gateway habitation module. ESA also plans a large robotic lunar lander. The agency also recommitted to Hera, a part of NASA’s planetary defense demonstration mission, the Double Asteroid Redirect Test, or DART. DART is to assess the effectiveness of using an impactor to deflect an asteroid. Hera will provide a ...

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