In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Plans for the initial elements of a lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway move ahead. New research suggests the Martian terrain may have been shaped by glaciers and ice sheets as well as flowing water. Russia plans a late 2021 mission to assess the site for a possible Moon base. China and Argentina agree to collaborate in the exploration of space.
China amendments pose hurdle for NASA authorizationPolitico (8/7): A Senate NASA reauthorization measure, NASA’s first since 2017, would extend NASA oversight of the International Space Station (ISS) until 2030. Two amendments proposed by U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, of Colorado, would require the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review contractors for possible ties to China, while requiring NASA’s administrator assess contractual ties in order to prevent the theft of intellectual property.
Human Space ExplorationNorthrop Grumman outlines HALO plans for Gateway’s central moduleCoalition Members in the News – Maxar Technologies, Northrop GrummanNASAspaceflight.com (8/7): The article offers an update on how Northrop Grumman’s Habitation and Logistics Outpost, or HALO module, and Maxar’s Power and Propulsion Module (PPE) The two components are to come together for a single launch to lunar orbit in 2023 as the ...