In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine calls on Congress to pass NASA’s 2020 budget. Russia, SpaceX launch back to back cargo missions to the International Space Station (ISS). University of Alabama in Huntsville assesses space nuclear propulsion option for Mars missions.
Human Space Exploration
Bridenstine implores Congress to finalize 2020 appropriations for desperately needed HLSSpacepolicyonline.com (12/6): If NASA is to accomplish an accelerated human return to the surface of the Moon in 2024, Congress needs to complete an already overdue 2020 fiscal year budget, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a Washington Capitol Hill presentation before the Space Transportation Association. The fiscal year began October 1. NASA and other federal agencies are operating under a second budget continuing resolution that expires December 20 and restricts spending to 2019 levels. Without a 2020 budget, NASA cannot pursue a commercial Human Landing System partnership for the rocketry to achieve the 2024 human lunar return goal established by the White House earlier this year, said Bridenstine.
Russian cargo craft launches toward Space StationSpace.com (12/6): A Russian Progress cargo capsule bound for the International Space Station (ISS) launched early Friday atop a Russian Soyuz 2a.1 rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in ...