In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The Senate holds a confirmation hearing next week on the confirmation of former Senator Bill Nelson as NASA administrator. New Horizons, the first spacecraft to fly by Pluto, will soon be 50 times as far from the Sun as Earth.
Human Space Exploration
NASA approves plans for Crew-2 launchSpaceNews.com (4/15): Following a Flight Readiness Review, NASA on Thursday okayed the launch of the third Crew Dragon mission with astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). Launch from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) of the spacecraft with four astronauts from NASA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) is planned for April 22.
NASA delays starting contract with SpaceX for Gateway cargo servicesCoalition Members in the News – Boeing, Northrop GrummanSpaceNews.com (4/15): As it reviews its Artemis initiative strategy for returning humans to the surface of the Moon, NASA has held off on formally starting a contract with SpaceX for the delivery of cargo to the planned lunar orbiting Gateway. A contract agreement for the cargo deliveries was announced in March 2020, but neither SpaceX nor NASA have updated the terms of the original agreement valued at a ...