In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA preps for more critical ground tests of the Space Launch System (SLS). Italy to join with NASA for the Artemis initiative. Congress must reach agreement on a temporary federal spending plan as the 2020 fiscal year comes to an end this week. A strong solar storm is underway.
Human Space Exploration
Green Run Test 6 set to begin next week, as Stennis aims for early November hot fireCoalition Member in the News – Northrop GrummanAmericaSpace.com (9/26): NASA announced Friday it is looking to early November to conduct an eight-minute, full-duration ground-based test firing of the Space Launch System (SLS) core stage. The fifth of the eight-step Green Run test campaign was concluded earlier this month. The hardware will then be moved to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for Artemis I, an uncrewed test flight that will send an Orion capsule on a multi-week voyage around the Moon and back to Earth for recovery.
As Bridenstine begs for bucks at home, Italy & Japan move forward on Artemis cooperationParabolicarc.com (9/25): Italy and the U.S. have signed an agreement in which the European country expressed strong interest in participating in NASA’s Artemis initiative to return humans ...