In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA expresses confidence it has overcome COVID-19 pandemic and technical challenges to launch the Perseverance Mars 2020 rover mission on July 20, early in a launch period that extends to August 15 if necessary. The mission will look for evidence of past Martian life, gather and cache rock and soil samples for return to Earth and test technologies to prepare for human exploration.
Human Space Exploration
KBR gets $570 million NASA contract to propel human space exploration endeavorsNASDAQ (6/17): KBR said that it has received a $570.3 million contract from NASA to develop and execute spaceflight operations at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The contract has one base year followed by seven years of options and includes an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity component. As per the Marshall Operations, Systems, Services and Integration contract, KBR will perform International Space Station (ISS) payload operations and support testing of the most powerful rocket ever built—the Space Launch System (SLS).
NASA confident Mars 2020 will launch on scheduleCoalition Member in the News – United Launch AllianceSpaceNews.com (6/17): Considered a priority objective as the global coronavirus pandemic began to unfold in March, NASA’s two year, ...