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Today’s Deep Space Extra

17 Dec 2019, 16:02 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA is eager for congressional action on a 2020 spending plan that will permit it to proceed with the development of lunar landers for human missions in partnership with commercial companies. NASA and Boeing are preparing for a Friday launch of the CST-100 Starliner on an uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station (ISS), a milestone in an effort to resume the transportation of astronauts to and from the orbiting science lab from U.S. soil.
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NASA looks for ways to keep Artemis on track regardless of budget outcomeSpaceNews.com (12/13): NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Doug Loverro, the recently appointed NASA associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, believe the agency can keep the goal of the Artemis initiative, an accelerated return of human explorers to the surface of the Moon in 2024, on track even if Congress fails to approve all of the funding sought for the Human Lunar Lander. The White House is seeking $21 billion for NASA in 2020, plus $1.6 billion to achieve the 2024 Artemis goal. During the formal appropriations process, the House did not approve the $1 billion sought for the lunar lander development with commercial ...

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