In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The Launch Abort System for NASA’s Orion crew capsule achieved a critical milestone with a final test fire on Tuesday. As NASA readies the Mars 2020 rover for a July mission to Mars, a joint European/Russian mission is racing to address an issue with the parachute landing system. President Trump speaks of future cooperation in space during a visit to India.
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Fired up! Final test of Orion motor critical to astronaut safety a spectacular successCoalition Member in the News – Northrop GrummanNASA (2/25): The attitude control motor (ACM) for the launch abort system – a critical part of NASA’s Orion capsule, which will launch astronauts on deep space missions – completed its qualification testing Tuesday with a 30 second hot fire. The multi-motor Launch Abort System will sit atop Orion and the Space Launch System (SLS) in order to propel and steer the capsule and its crew to safety in the event of a rocket emergency.
Photo essay: How do NASA astronauts train for spacewalks? In a giant swimming pool labHouston Chronicle (2/25): NASA’s giant Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL), a giant pool of water overseen by the Johnson Space Center ...