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Today’s Deep Space Extra

22 Mar 2021, 14:28 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The White House nominates Bill Nelson as NASA’s next Administrator. The Hubble Space Telescope captures weather changes on Saturn.

Human Space Exploration
Soyuz crew relocates spacecraft to new Space Station parking spotSpaceflightnow.com (3/19): Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov were joined by NASA’s Kate Rubins in boarding their Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft docked to the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday. They undocked from their Rassvet docking port and moved to the Poisk module docking port. The switch opened Rassvet for the arrival of Russia’s Soyuz MS-18 with two cosmonauts and NASA’s Mark Vande Hei, who are scheduled to launch on April 9.

Space Science
Asteroids named for diverse group of 27 trailblazing astronautsCoalition Member in the News – Axiom SpaceSpace.com (3/21): The International Astronomical Union (IAU) Minor Planet Center has named a collection of asteroids after a group of astronauts and astronaut candidates from diverse backgrounds, as well as a Soviet-era cosmonaut. The idea of naming the asteroids for astronauts was submitted to the IAU by a team of scientists and students involved with the Lucy mission.
Hubble captures seasonal weather changes on SaturnDigital Trends (3/21): Each of Saturn’s seasons ...

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