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Today’s Deep Space Extra

29 Mar 2021, 14:17 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Major components for NASA’s Artemis I mission come together. Meanwhile, the agency is closing in on a late April/early May decision on further lunar Human Landing System development. Scientists explain why the James Webb Space Telescope is the “coolest” observatory ever.

Human Space Exploration
EGS synchronizing Artemis 1 Orion, SLS Booster preps with Core Stage scheduleCoalition Members in the News – Aerojet Rocketdyne, Boeing, Jacobs, Lockheed Martin, United Launch AllianceNASAspaceflight.com (3/27): The Space Launch System (SLS) first core stage, which just completed its Green Run hot fire test at NASA’s Stennis Space Center, is set to move on to Kennedy Space Center (KSC) by the end of April. At KSC, NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) contractor, Jacobs, is working to bring together the other elements of the Artemis I mission. EGS is looking at ten months of work to prepare for the mission once the core stage arrives, which would put the current launch forecast within the first quarter of 2022.
NASA still planning HLS awards by the end of AprilSpaceNews.com (3/28): NASA continues to look to the end of April, or possibly early May, to make a down select from three to ...

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