In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA seeks new astronaut applicants. The European and Russian space agencies press to overcome technical issues with parachutes in order to make a July/August launch window for their Exo/Mars lander and rover. Visionaries hold on to belief a more hospitable Mars is possible.
Human Space Exploration
Want to go to the Moon? NASA is now taking new astronaut applicationsSpace.com (3/2): On Monday, NASA began accepting applications for a new class of astronauts. The online application process for qualified U.S. citizens extends through March 31. Final selections for a new class of astronauts whose size has not yet been determined is expected in mid-2021.Their destination could include the Moon and Mars as well as the International Space Station (ISS) or an Earth orbiting commercial successor.
How Christina Koch could become a spaceflight legendThe Atlantic (3/2): NASA astronaut Christina Koch recently returned to Earth following a spacewalk punctuated, 328 day mission to the International Space Station (ISS), the longest space flight ever by a woman. NASA’s tackling an accelerated human return to the surface of the Moon in 2024, a step in an effort to move on to Mars in the decade that follows. Koch may have ...