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Today’s Deep Space Extra

2 Jun 2020, 15:02 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The successful launch of the Demo-2 mission may not translate into the additional funding requested by NASA for 2021. The contributions of Nancy Grace Roman, for whom the next generation space telescope (WFIRST) is named, spanned decades. International contributions are key to the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) program.
Human Space ExplorationDemo-2 launch wins political praise, but future funding uncertainSpaceNews.com (6/1): The May 30 launch of the NASA/SpaceX Demo-2 test flight to the International Space Station (ISS) with astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken received bipartisan praise, including recognition from former Vice President Joe Biden, who appears to be the Democratic presidential nominee for 2020, it’s unclear how Congress will respond in the face of the coronavirus pandemic when it comes to funding NASA’s efforts to achieve a human return to the surface of the Moon in 2024.
NASA human spaceflight directorate reorganization on holdSpaceNews.com (6/1): Plans to reorganize NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Directorate have been placed on hold while the agency seeks a replacement for Doug Loverro, who resigned abruptly on May 19, after just five months as the directorate’s chief executive. The directorate oversees efforts to return human explorers to the surface ...

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