In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Artemis 1, the uncrewed first joint test flight of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion capsule is anticipated for mid to late 2021. Boeing pledges more rigorous flight software testing prior to future CST-100 Starliner missions. Meteorite shows first evidence of extraterrestrial protein. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine to speak Thursday on strategic nature of the agency’s Moon/Mars plans.
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Jurczyk: Artemis 1 to launch in mid-late 2021, HLS contracts within weeksSpacepolicyonline.com (3/1): Anticipate mid to late 2021 for the first joint launch of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS)/Orion crew capsule, an uncrewed trek of Orion around the Moon and back to the Earth for an ocean splashdown and recovery, NASA Associate Administrator Steve Jurcyk said Friday. He spoke before the Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHUAPL).
House Science Committee prepares to take up NASA authorization billSpaceNews.com (3/10): In an interview, U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn, chair of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee’s Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee, says the full Committee is likely to take up H.R. 5666, the NASA Authorization Act of 2020 at some point in March. One early concern, that the panel was ...