In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Perseverance rover reached Mars on Thursday, opening a new door for Red Planet exploration. A cargo mission is set to launch to the International Space Station on Saturday.
Human Space Exploration
Starliner test flight slips to early AprilCoalition Members in the News – Boeing, United Launch AllianceSpaceNews.com (2/18): The Starliner’s spacecraft Orbital Flight Test (OFT) 2 launch, previously scheduled for March 25, is now targeted for no earlier than April 2. The delay will allow time to replace hardware damaged during processing of the spacecraft.
Space ScienceNASA’s Perseverance rover makes successful Mars landing to renew search for extinct life MSN.com (2/18): NASA’s Perseverance rover joins a legacy of NASA Mars missions that have revolutionized the Earth’s understanding of its Red Planet neighbor. Nothing less is expected from the new rover as it collects surface samples from Jezero Crater for eventual return to Earth. In addition, Perseverance’s early activities include moving to a site for test flights of the small drone-like helicopter called Ingenuity that the rover brought along to Mars.
White House, Congress praise NASA’s Mars Perseverance landingSpacepolicyonline.com (2/18): President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and key members ...