In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Policy makers wrestle with how to maintain the nation’s drive to explore space and its economic potential in the face of the costly coronavirus pandemic. The National Academies urges NASA to establish a permanent, independent planetary protection advisory panel.
Human Space Exploration
Cygnus departs Space Station, beginning extended experimental missionCoalition Member in the News – Northrop GrummanSpaceflightnow.com (5/11): Northrop Grumman’s 13th resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) departed after nearly three months on Monday. The freighter’s mission is not over however. It will continue to orbit solo, serving Wednesday as the platform for a couple of small satellite launches using a SEOPS, LLC, Slingshot deployer, then as an experiment platform for a multi-phase NASA investigation into fire ignition, spread and suppression aboard a roomy spacecraft, all to help prepare for future human deep space exploration. Deorbit is planned for May 29.
Independent process needed for setting Planetary Protection PolicySpacepolicyonline.com (5/11): Growing international and commercial interest in exploring neighboring and distant planetary bodies with human as well as robotic missions has prompted the National Academies of Science, Medicine and Engineering to call for NASA to create a permanent independent advisory group ...