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Today’s Deep Space Extra

27 Jan 2020, 13:20 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… In Washington, the policy making House Science, Space and Technology Committee initiates a new debate over a Moon vs. Mars human exploration focus. Outside the International Space Station (ISS), spacewalking astronauts complete repairs to a cosmic ray observatory. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross calls for international agreements on potentially disruptive commercial space activities.
Human Space ExplorationBipartisan House NASA authorizers reject Artemis Moon-by-2024 plan, wants focus on Mars insteadSpacepolicyonline.com (1/25): Plans by the White House to accelerate a human return to the surface of the Moon by 2024 received a jolt on Friday with a NASA authorization measure introduced by the bipartisan leadership of the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee and the panel’s space subcommittee. “The Moon to Mars program shall have the interim goal of sending a crewed mission to the lunar surface by 2028 and a goal of sending a crewed mission to orbit Mars by 2033,” according to the bill, H.R. 5666, introduced by U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn, chair of the panel’s space subcommittee. The measure would also remove the lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway as a requirement for the human lunar surface activities and redesignates it as a ...

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