In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Plans to launch NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) in March 2021 will slip in response to workplace restrictions imposed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. NASA is now targeting July 20 for the launch of the Perseverance Mars 2020 rover, a three day slip for repairs to ground equipment.
Human Space Exploration
NASA SLS boosters headed to Kennedy Space CenterCoalition Member in the News – Northrop Grumman, United Launch AllianceOrlando Sentinel (6/8): Critical solid rocket booster segments manufactured in Utah by Northrop Grumman are making their way to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC), where they will be joined to the core of the Space Launch System (SLS) for the Artemis 1 launch planned for 2021. The mission will send an uncrewed Orion crew capsule around the Moon and back to Earth for an ocean splashdown and recovery. Artemis 2, a similar mission with astronauts is to follow. Then comes Artemis 3, a landing at the Moon’s south pole with astronauts in 2024.
NASA confirms JWST will miss March 2021 launch dateCoalition Member in the News – Northrop GrummanSpaceNews.com (6/10): The James Webb Space Telescope’s (JWST) planned March 2021 launch date has ...