In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The launch of NASA’s Perseverance Mars 2020 rover has been delayed to not earlier than July 30, prompting an extension of the launch window to August 15. The Hubble Space Telescope recognized with a commemorative gold coin. Comet Neowise predicted to become naked eye bright in July.
Human Space ExplorationStarliner parachutes perform under pressureCoalition Member in the News – BoeingParabolicarc.com (6/30): The parachutes packed aboard Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft for use in launch aborts as well as the entry, descent and landing phase of planned commercial missions to and from the International Space Station (ISS) with astronauts were successfully assessed during a high altitude balloon drop over White Sands Space Harbor, N.M. on June 21. The test also benefited NASA’s Orion crew capsule development.
Mars 2020 launch slips againSpaceNews.com (6/30): The launch of NASA’s next Mars rover mission has been delayed to no earlier than July 30 because of a launch vehicle processing issue, the latest in a series of slips that have now used up nearly half of the available launch opportunities for the mission. NASA previously stated that the launch period for Mars 2020 would close on August 11. NASA ...