In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter makes history as the first-ever aircraft to perform a powered, controlled flight on a world beyond Earth. Former shuttle commander Pamela Melroy to be nominated by the White House to serve as NASA’s deputy administrator.
Human Space Exploration
Expedition 65 begins, as Soyuz MS-17 trio return safely to EarthCoalition Members in the News – Nanoracks, Northrop GrummanAmericaspace.com (4/17): Russia’s Soyuz MS-17 departed the International Space Station (ISS) late Friday for a parachute descent into Kazakhstan, ending a 185-day mission for astronaut Kate Rubins and cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov. Theirs was the second of four flight operations underway in April to exchange a total of 14 U.S. Russian, Japanese, and European crew members. The MS-17 touched down safely on Saturday at 12:55 a.m. EDT.
Russia plans to withdraw from the ISS, deploy its own national space station Sputniknews.com (4/18): Russia’s space agency, one of five partnered with NASA in the operation of the International Space Station (ISS), has stated it will end its participation in 2025 based on assessments of the aging hardware in the Russian segment, and deploy a national independent station. Reports of the decision followed ...