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Today’s Deep Space Extra

27 Feb 2020, 15:04 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s efforts to resume the human exploration of the Moon will mean much for Houston and the Johnson Space Center (JSC). China’s Yutu-2 lunar rover offers surprising lunar soil discovery. In a space first, two commercial satellites link in Earth orbit, a step toward extending the operational lifespan of satellites with robotic refueling and repairs and reducing orbital debris.
Space ScienceChina’s rover finds layers of surprise under Moon’s far sideNew York Times (2/26): China’s Chang’e 4 lander and Yutu 2 rover were the first spacecraft to achieve a landing on the Moon’s far side in January 2019. Results of findings published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances suggest the lunar south pole regolith at the surface level is more uniformly granular, porous and of greater depth than expected, with a few large rocks mixed in. The find suggests a history of history of lunar impact and volcanism. The findings were made with a ground penetrating radar instrument, which will also be aboard rover missions being readied for launch to Mars this summer by NASA, Europe/Russia and China.
NASA seeks bids to deliver VIPER lunar landerSpaceNews.com (2/26): NASA announced February 25 it was asking the ...

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