In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s human spaceflight initiative face a challenging 2020. Osiris-Rex takes its closest look yet at its sample collection site on the asteroid Bennu.
Human Space Exploration
NASA administrator on the year ahead: ‘A lot of things have to go right’Coalition Members in the News – Boeing, United Launch AllianceThe Verge (1/22): NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine discuss the year ahead and the challenges. Those include the need for additional funding for Artemis, the accelerated 2024 return to the surface of the Moon with human explorers and NASA Commercial Crew Program certifications of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and the SpaceX Crew Dragon so the U. S. can resume the launch of its astronauts, something not possible since 2011, when NASA shuttle fleet was retired.
Russia to supply U.S. with six RD-180 rocket engines this yearCoalition Members in the News – Boeing, United Launch AllianceSputnik News of Russia (1/22): Russia is the supplier of first stage RD-180 rocket for the first stage of United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 rocket, used by NASA and the military for many of the nation’s most significant planetary science and national security missions. It is also the launch vehicle for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner, ...