In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Returning to the Moon with human explorers won’t be the same as new leadership, international partners and commercial space operations emerge.
Human Space Exploration
Meet the woman who will direct the next Moon landingAir & Space Magazine (6/20): It was nearly two years ago that Holly Ridings moved up to the Chief Flight Director’s position at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) and Mission Control. Ridings was the first woman to hold the post. Now, she’s in line to join an elite circle of personnel who’ve led a team of flight controllers to oversee the return of human explorers to the Moon.
Commercial crew success prompts congratulations and criticism from RussiaSpaceNews.com (6/8): Yes, NASA and SpaceX received congratulations from Dmitry Rogozin, the chief of Russia’s space agency, for the May 30/31 launch and docking of the Demo-2 mission at the International Space Station (ISS). But there’s more: NASA is achieving a human space transportation capability lost when the shuttle fleet was retired in July 2011. If all goes well, the U.S. will no longer have to pay Russia more than $90 million for each astronaut launched on a Soyuz spacecraft.
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