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Today’s Deep Space Extra

11 Feb 2021, 14:51 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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Today’s Deep Space Extra… New mission arrivals at Mars this week add to a rich history of Red Planet exploration. NASA’s Perseverance rover lands on Mars in a week.

Human Space ExplorationBiden backs Artemis moon program; watchdog says it’ll cost $86 billionCoalition Members in the News – Lockheed Martin, Northrop GrummanSpaceflightnow.com (2/10): NASA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has provided a cost estimate for the Artemis initiative, which aims to return astronauts to the Moon to live there and prepare for expeditions to Mars. The investment since 2012 is about $35 billion. Around $50 billion would be required over the next few years under the current plan. For comparison, NASA spent around $288 billion on the Apollo program and related efforts between 1960 and 1973, according to an inflation-adjusted estimate by The Planetary Society.

Space ScienceAs new probes reach Mars, here’s what we know so far from trips to the Red PlanetThe Conversation (2/9): As China’s Tianwen-1 orbiter/lander/rover and the UAE’s Hope orbiter reached Mars this week, they joined six U.S, European, Russian, and Indian missions circling the Red Planet and two U.S. rovers and a lander on the surface. All now await a third 2021 ...

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