Today’s Deep Space Extra will not be published tomorrow, July 3, in observance of Independence Day. It will return on Monday, July 6.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Orion crew capsule Structural Test Article performs well in recent ground assessment. NASA spacewalkers continue International Space Station (ISS) battery upgrade. Japan plans to double annual spending on space. China’s Tianwen-1 Mars mission could launch ahead of NASA’s Perseverance Mars 2020 rover. Moon may be more metal rich than previously thought.
Human Space Exploration
Orion’s ‘twin’ completes structural testing for Artemis I missionCoalition Member in the News – Lockheed MartinParabolicarc.com (7/1): An Orion crew capsule Structural Test Article recently underwent rigorous testing at Lockheed Martin facilities in Denver to assess how the vehicle would perform once launched on NASA’s Artemis 1 test flight, which is to propel it around the Moon after liftoff on a Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and back to Earth for an ocean splashdown and recovery. The test without astronauts aboard is to be repeated with Artemis 2, which will have a crew aboard. Those are to set up Artemis 3, an accelerated return to the Moon with human explorers in 2024, featuring astronauts launched in ...