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Today’s Deep Space Extra

9 Jul 2020, 14:17 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A 2021 NASA budget bill has begun its annual trek through Congress, $2.6 billion shy of the White House request needed to accelerate the return of human explorers to the surface of the Moon in 2024.
Human Space ExplorationHeat shield milestone complete for first Orion mission with crewNASA (7/8): Technicians at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida recently finished meticulously applying more than 180 blocks of ablative material to the heat shield for the Orion spacecraft set to carry astronauts around the Moon on Artemis II. The heat shield is one of the most critical elements of Orion and protects the capsule and the astronauts inside from the nearly 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures, about half as hot at the Sun, experienced during reentry through Earth’s atmosphere when coming home from lunar velocities.
‘Worried for our families and all of mankind.’ Coronavirus a concern even for astronauts in spaceUSA Today (7/8): Though circling 260 miles above the Earth aboard the International Space Station (ISS), NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley feel they are never far from the global coronavirus pandemic concerns. After all, they have family, friends and memories of their hometowns ...

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