In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The Perseverance rover and the Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1) are among the greatest space innovations of 2020. Former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly has been sworn in as a U.S. Senator from Arizona.
Human Space ExplorationHow Boeing is building the world’s most powerful deep-space rocketCoalition Member in the News – BoeingCNET (12/2): The Space Launch System (SLS) promises to become NASA’s most powerful rocket ever. The rocket’s primary mission is to launch astronauts and cargo to the Moon, then support human missions to Mars. The SLS includes an ability to launch large pre-assembled payloads to deep space.
On Mars, internal heat may have powered habitable hotspots long agoSpace.com (12/2): According to a new study, the Martian underground may have been habitable billions of years ago even if the planet’s surface was dry, thanks to a favorable source of internal heat. NASA’s Mars Odyssey helped to provide data for the modeling supporting the study published in the journal Science Advances.
Chinese probe completes sample collection work on lunar surfaceSpaceflightnow.com (12/2): China’s Chang’e 5 lunar mission lander completed efforts to robotically gather soil and rock samples from the surface of the Moon ...