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Today’s Deep Space Extra

25 Feb 2021, 14:02 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA to make human lunar lander awards in the near future. The Mars 2020 Perseverance rover delivers a striking Jezero Crater panorama.

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NASA says maintaining competition a priority for lunar lander procurementSpaceNews.com (2/25): Mark Kirasich, director of the advanced exploration systems division at NASA, said at the 47th Spaceport Summit February 24 that the agency continues to review proposals submitted by the three companies selected to develop human landing systems (HLS) for Artemis missions last year. He said NASA expects to make up to two awards within the next few weeks. The awards would be for what NASA calls “Option A” of the program, which entails funding for continued development of landers and an initial demonstration.
Stuck propulsion valve delays second SLS test-firingCoalition Member in the News – BoeingSpaceflightnow.com (2/24): Until late last week, NASA had hoped to repeat the hot fire test of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket’s core stage on Thursday. Kathy Lueders, NASA associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, told the 47th Spaceport Summit on Wednesday that the oxygen prevalve issue that has delayed Thursday’s attempt was “very frustrating,” but that NASA still hopes Artemis ...

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