In Today’s Deep Space Extra… International Space Station air leak still unresolved. Major core stage elements of the Space Launch System for Artemis II will be joined together soon.
Human Space Exploration
Trump’s Moon program survived a transfer of power, so what’s next?Coalition Members in the News – Boeing, United Launch AllianceThe Verge (3/12): Bhavya Lal, NASA’s acting chief of staff and currently the agency’s most senior Biden appointee, speaks about an ongoing review of the Artemis program inherited from the Trump administration, which calls for the return of humans to the Moon. So far, the initiative has Biden’s support, but with a likely relaxing of the 2024 goal for Artemis III, the program’s second crewed mission and the first one to send astronauts to the lunar surface. NASA aims to continue its investment in the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft, while keeping an eye on private sector rockets for help if needed. “SLS and Orion will be providing initial transportation to and from lunar orbit beyond Artemis, and any proven commercial transportation can make up gaps if there are any,” Lal told the Verge.
NASA, Boeing approaching first major join of second SLS Core ...