In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA completes final testing on the liquid oxygen tank of the Space Launch System. NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Bob Behnken embarked on the first of a half-dozen possible spacewalks through July outside the International Space Station (ISS) early today. NASA expects to cover the delayed launch of the James Webb Space Telescope with program reserves.
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Watch NASA engineers deliberately explode a rocket tank for scienceCNET (6/25): On Wednesday, NASA’s engineering team completed their tests on the liquid oxygen tank of Space Launch System (SLS), the next-generation rocket designed to take astronauts to the moon in 2024. The 70-foot-tall (21 meter) test tank was encased in a steel ring at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama that applied millions of pounds of force down the tank’s length. Eventually, it failed — just as the engineers expected.
Head of NASA International Space Station program to retireCoalition Member in the News – Lockheed MartinHouston Chronicle (6/25): Kirk Shireman, who retires Friday as NASA’s International Space Station (ISS) program manager and after 35 years as a member of the Johnson Space Center (JSC) staff, will join Lockheed Martin’s Lunar Architecture Program in Houston. NASA ...