In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Space exploration presents many challenges, requiring a range of experts to overcome. China appears increasingly committed to a leadership role in space.
Human Space Exploration
Design for a space habitat with artificial gravity that could be grown larger over time to fit more peopleUniverse Today (9/19): A Texas A&M University research initiative proposes a strategy to construct a human space habitat that could be expanded to house thousands. In order to achieve success, there are five major challenges to overcome, variances in gravity, cosmic and solar radiation, a means of growing food, a means of expanding the shelter and establishing and maintaining an asset with commercial value.
NASA to test precision automated landing system designed for the Moon and Mars on upcoming Blue Origin missionTechcrunch.com (9/18): Blue Origin’s New Shephard suborbital rocket will soon provide a platform for testing a NASA precision landing system for use at the Moon and Mars. It’s called SPLICE, an acronym for “Safe and Precise Landing Integrated Capabilities Evolution,” a collection of technologies, including lasers, optical cameras and computers for landing guidance to spot and avoid ground hazards during a dynamic spacecraft touchdown.
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