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Today’s Deep Space Extra

10 Feb 2021, 16:15 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The UAE’s Hope spacecraft and China’s Tianwen-1 orbiter-lander-rover have maneuvered into orbit around Mars. NASA is looking at using a seat on Russia’s Soyuz as backup to send crew to the International Space Station.

Human Space ExplorationNASA picks the SpaceX Falcon Heavy for $332 million mission to launch Lunar Gateway components in 2024Coalition Members in the News – Maxar, Northrop GrummanTechcrunch.com (2/9): The first elements of the lunar Gateway are a Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) provided by Maxar, and the Human and Logistics Outpost (HALO) developed by Northrop Grumman. The two components will be integrated prior to their launch no earlier than May 2024 atop a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC). The PPE and HALO will serve as a command module for astronauts arriving aboard Space Launch System (SLS) propelled Orion crew capsules to shuttle to and from the surface of the Moon.
NASA wants a Soyuz seat this Spring as backup planCoalition Member in the News – BoeingSpacepolicyonline.com (2/9): In order to ensure a continuing U.S. crew presence aboard the International Space Station (ISS), NASA is looking at obtaining another seat aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft ...

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