In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Japan plans to leverage its cargo missions to the International Space Station (ISS) into a lunar resupply operation. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission finds its target, Bennu, crumbling little by little. NASA’s Juno mission at Jupiter could get an extension for closer looks at the large moon’s Ganymede, Io and Europa.
Human Space Exploration
After successful ‘Kounotori’ missions, Japan sets sights on first manned lunar explorationJAPANForward.com (9/10): Japan is building on the success of its nine Kounotori cargo missions to the International Space Station (ISS) between 2009 and 2020 to develop a spacecraft capable of delivering supplies to NASA’s planned human tended, lunar orbiting Gateway or the lunar surface. Working with NASA, Japan is hopeful the contribution will lead to an opportunity to land its scientists on the lunar surface. The final Kounotori mission departed the Space Station in August.
NASA’s Juno spacecraft seeking extended mission at JupiterSpaceNews.com (9/9): NASA plans a decision by year’s end on a lengthy extension of the Juno mission at Jupiter, budgets permitting. Launched on August 5, 2012, Juno entered orbit around Jupiter in July 2016 to study what goes on beneath the giant planet’s colorful cloud ...