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Today’s Deep Space Extra

4 Jun 2020, 13:14 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA will continue to work with Russia for the launch of astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). The Mars Insight “mole” pushes deeper into the planet’s surface.
Human Space ExplorationNASA assigns astronaut Kate Rubins to expedition 63/64 Space Station crewCoalition Member in the News – BoeingNASA (6/3): Veteran NASA astronaut Kate Rubins will join two cosmonauts aboard a Russian Soyuz scheduled for launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on October 14. Their six month mission will assure a continuing U.S. presence on the orbiting science lab as NASA’s Commercial Crew Program continues to work with Boeing and SpaceX to achieve certifications for regularly scheduled commercial Space Station crew transportation.
Space ScienceNASA InSight lander finally pushes its burrowing ‘mole’ into MarsCNET (6/3): NASA and its Mars Insight mission partner, the German Aerospace Center, or DLR, report new progress in getting the Insight lander’s subsurface heat probe to penetrate the surface crust at Insight’s Elysium Planitia landing site. InSight touched down on Mars in November 2018, but had difficulties early getting the Heat Flow Physical Properties Package, HP3, also referred to as “the mole,” to pound its way into the crust. The mission reports ...

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