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Today’s Deep Space Extra

17 Feb 2021, 14:10 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Perseverance mission on track for landing. Axiom Space raises funds to scale up production of private space stations and fly passengers to orbit.

Human Space Exploration
Trump’s 2024 Moon goal in jeopardy, acting NASA chief saysPOLITICO (2/16): NASA is reviewing the previous administration’s plan to return astronauts to the Moon in 2024. Acting NASA administrator Steve Jurczyk stated the agency will decide in the next two to three months whether the current goal is feasible.
Private spaceflight specialist Axiom Space raises $130 million to become the latest space unicornCoalition Member in the News – Axiom SpaceCNBC (2/16): Axiom Space’s ambitions of establishing a commercial low Earth orbit free-flying station were boosted on Wednesday with news the company has raised $130 million in private investment. “This is a major step for us,” said Mike Suffredini, Axiom Space president and CEO. The company, which plans to attach commercial modules to the International Space Station (ISS) beginning in 2024 and start the assembly of a freeflyer, also looks to become part of Spaceport Houston.
‘Parastronaut’ sought as ESA recruits its first new astronauts in more than a decadeSpaceNews.com (2/16): The European Space Agency (ESA) opened ...

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