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Today’s Deep Space Extra

24 Nov 2020, 15:46 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… China has launched a lunar sample return mission, the first of its kind since the 1970s. Northrop Grumman achieves Gateway HALO milestone. NASA’s Orion crew module includes a robust abort mechanism.

Human Space Exploration
Northrop Grumman completes critical review for Gateway HALO module
Coalition Member in the News – Maxar, Northrop Grumman
AmericaSpace.com (11/23): Northrop Grumman has completed the preliminary design review for the Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO), intended to provide living space for up to four astronauts aboard NASA’s lunar Gateway. The module is based on the company’s Cygnus resupply capsule, which has flown 14 cargo missions to the International Space Station (ISS). The Gateway is one of the elements of NASA and its partners’ plans to establish a sustainable presence at the Moon and prepare for human missions to Mars.
If a spacecraft launched accidentally, what could we do to abort the mission?
SyFyWire (11/19): Nickelodeon’s new series “The Astronauts” poses the question “What happens if a spacecraft were to launch prematurely?” In the case of the fictional series, the crew aboard are curious infants. NASA’s Orion spacecraft has addressed the issue in real life with a flight-tested Launch Abort ...

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