In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The world is now two for two in its launch of Mars missions. Early Thursday, China’s Tianwen-1 launch with its Mars orbiter, lander and rover, two days after India’s launch of the Hope Mars orbiter. Next up, NASA’s Perseverance Mars 2020 rover, due to launch July 30. NASA’s efforts to meet time critical mission objectives in response to workplace restrictions imposed to address the coronavirus pandemic continue.
Human Space Exploration
Why Japan is emerging as NASA’s most important space partner
MIT Technology Review (7/22): NASA is seeking international partners as it pursues an accelerated return to the surface of the Moon with human explorers in 2024. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is quickly emerging as the most significant, bringing four decades of collaboration with NASA, including at the International Space Station (ISS) and its Hayabusa 2 sample return mission to the asteroid Ryugu. At the Moon, Japan has discussed contributions to a NASA led lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway and pressurized lunar rover for astronauts. A dozen Japanese astronauts have flown in space.
China’s Mars mission lifts off, aiming to join U.S. in landing on Red Planet
Washington Post (7/23): China on ...