In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Efforts by NASA to accelerate a human return to the surface of the Moon from 2028 to 2024 continue to spark debate. Scientists spot a record setting blast in space far from Earth. The Earth appears to have a temporary mini Moon.
Human Space Exploration
Cruz skeptical about prospects for NASA appropriations or other legislationSpaceNews.com (2/27): Earlier this week, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, chair of the Senate’s space committee, joined a Space Transportation Association event in Washington to which he expressed doubts that any space related legislation, including spending bills, will make it through Congress this year. A Senate version of a new authorization measure, for instance, largely backs the administration’s exploration initiatives. A House version introduced in January, however, would slow the requirement for NASA’s return to the surface of the Moon with human explorers from 2024 to 2028 and direct the agency to focus on an orbital mission to Mars by 2033.
NASA planning document may offer clues to changes in Artemis programCoalition Member in the news – BoeingArs Technica (2/28): The report discloses a document “Moon 2024 Mission Manifest,” reportedly circulated at the Marshall Space Flight Center that outlines the launch manifest ...