In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA introduces Artemis Accords, a set of principles for other nations to partnering with the U.S. for the exploration of deep space. NASA facilities begin to re-open. The U.S. National Space Council, which meets this week, introduces new members to its Users Advisory Group. Demo-2, the first launch of NASA astronauts from the U.S. in nine years, nears a May 27 mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
Human Space Exploration
NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility to partially reopenSpaceNews.com (5/17): NASA’s production site for the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion crew capsules are partially reopening today, with some workers returning to the site for the first time in two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stennis returning as battle to protect SLS maiden launch in 2021 restartsNASAspaceflight.com (5/15): NASA’s Stennis Space Center has resumed hands on work activities that were restricted in March in response to COVID-19 pandemic concerns. Upcoming activities include preparations for a Space Launch System (SLS) “green run,” or full duration, eight minute ground test firing of the large rocket’s four core stage rocket engines. While a new target date has yet to be announced, it could be in the mid-autumn time ...