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Today’s Deep Space Extra

15 Feb 2021, 15:46 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A National Academies of Sciences studies offers analysis on what it will take for NASA to lead a human expedition to Mars in 2039. ULA delivers Vulcan test article to Cape Canaveral for pathfinder operations.

Human Space ExplorationAggressive nuclear propulsion R&D effort needed to send humans to Mars in 2039Coalition Member in the News – Aerojet RocketdyneSpacepolicyonline.com (2/12): If NASA’s goal is to launch humans to Mars in 2039, it must expeditiously develop a timeline and funding strategy for one of two nuclear propulsion strategies, according to a panel of experts assembled by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine at the space agency’s request. Both Nuclear Thermal Propulsion and Nuclear Electric Propulsion were assessed by the panel with a conclusion that each faces significant development challenges.

Space ScienceNASA rover faces ‘seven minutes of terror’ before landing on MarsReuters (2/14): NASA’s Perseverance 2020 Mars rover is on course for a dramatic touchdown on Mars on Thursday, after a 293 million journey that began with a July 30, 2020 liftoff from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. The entry-descent-landing (EDL) is known within NASA as the “Seven Minutes of Terror” because ...

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