In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The commander of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner crew test flight planned for 2021 has stepped aside to support personal family obligations. Fragments of Venus may have made their way to the surface of the Moon, potentially making it easier to study the planet.
Human Space Exploration
Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson withdraws from Starliner test flight
Coalition Members in the News – Boeing, United Launch Alliance
SpaceNews.com (10/7): On Wednesday, veteran NASA astronaut and Boeing director of crew and mission operations, Chris Ferguson, withdrew as commander of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle’s Crew Flight Test (CFT) mission planned for 2021. NASA astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore, who had been training as a backup for the first and second crewed Starliner flights, will replace Ferguson.
NASA selects 21 research proposals to advance human space exploration
NASA.gov (10/7): NASA’s Human Research Program will fund 21 proposals to help answer questions about astronaut health and performance during future long-duration missions beyond low-Earth orbit. The selected proposals will investigate biological, physiological, and behavioral adaptations to spaceflight, and will contribute to NASA’s long-term plans, including crewed missions to the Moon and Mars.
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