In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA completes the reorganization of its Human Space Exploration and Operations Directorate. Space weather bill is passed by Congress. Some scientists caution past flows of acidic fluids on Mars may have erased evidence of microbial life. Commerce on the International Space Station (ISS) expands with agreements with a global cosmetics firm and a reality television show that will send a winning contender to the Station for a visit.
Human Space Exploration
NASA human spaceflight directorate completes reorganizationSpaceNews.com (9/17): NASA has completed a reorganization of the Human Space Exploration and Operations Directorate. Long anticipated, the changes in personnel are responsible for developmental and operational activities that range from the International Space Station (ISS) to plans to return human explorers to the lunar surface in 2024. Kathy Lueders, heads the directorate, a post she was appointed to three months ago.
Scientists: We could build Mars shelters out of insect polymers and Martian soilFuturism.com (9/17): Chitlin is a plentiful polymer found on Earth. A microorganic byproduct, it is a polymer that on Mars could be fashioned into habitats using a 3-D printing technology, according to a research effort published in the journal PLoS ONE.