In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Scientists caution proposed cuts in NASA science missions could slow Mars exploration. Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, demonstrating the home planet remains a focus of those exploring space, whether they be astronauts or satellites.
Scientists warn proposed cuts put Mars science program at riskSpaceNews.com (4/22): Scientist involved in NASA Mars missions caution that proposed budget cuts could stall efforts to explore the Red Planet, a destination for future human exploration. The warnings emerged during a Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group meeting earlier this month. NASA’s 2021 budget proposal would terminate the Mars Odyssey mission in orbit since 2001 and reduce funding for the Curiosity rover, which has been exploring the Martian surface since 2012, by 20 percent. Odyssey images the Martian surface and serves as a communications relay for other missions on the Martian surface. Curiosity is seeking evidence of past habitable Martian environments.
The first, chilling images of EarthMashable (4/22): A tradition of looking back at the Earth and taking an image, whether by a scientific spacecraft or an astronaut aboard a spacecraft, winds back decades to the first rockets test launched from the U.S. Southwest. Some of ...