In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The White House delivers its proposed 2021 budget to Congress today, with some reports that NASA could see a significant increase. The joint NASA/ European Space Agency (ESA) Solar Orbiter mission lifted off successfully late Sunday, following the last minute launch scrub of the latest resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
Human Space Exploration
Trump’s budget proposal would give NASA one of the largest increases in yearsWashington Post (2/7): President Trump delivers the administration’s 2021 budget proposal to Congress today. Some reports point to a request of more than $25 billion for NASA, with almost $3 billion devoted to the development of landers that can accelerate a human return to the surface of the Moon in 2024. The 2020 NASA appropriation stands at just over $22 billion this year.
Antares launch scrubbed due to faulty ground support equipmentCoalition Member in the News – Northrop GrummanSpaceflightnow.com (2/9): An issue with ground support equipment at NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility launch pad for the Northrop Grumman Antares rocket prompted a scrub Sunday evening with less than three minutes left in the countdown. Antares will lift the Cygnus vehicle “S.S. Robert H. Lawrence” stocked with ...