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Today’s Deep Space Extra

12 Feb 2020, 15:00 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Now that Congress has the FY 2021 President’s Budget Request (PBR) for NASA, intended to accelerate work on returning to the surface of the Moon with human explorers in 2024, the space agency and lawmakers must come to terms with the White House request that also proposes significant cuts to national science and other discretionary funding. NASA announces plans to hire more astronauts. SpaceX appears closer to a test launch of the Crew Dragon to the International Space Station (ISS) with astronauts.
Human Space ExplorationWanted: Moon and Mars explorers. NASA starts the recruiting process for next wave of astronautsGeekWire.com (2/11): NASA has designated March to receive applications for a new wave of astronaut aspirants. The application process has been shifted to an online process. Though it’s not clear how many NASA will ultimately offer opportunities to undergo basic training in mid-2021, the newcomers will have opportunities to explore the surface of the Moon as well as live work on NASA and or commercial spacecraft in Earth orbit. Then, there is a possibility for exploring Mars.
NASA confirms Crew Dragon almost ready, mostly paperwork leftArs Technica (2/11): SpaceX’s Crew Dragon could be ready to liftoff ...

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