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Today’s Deep Space Extra

18 May 2021, 14:15 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA names a fourth crew member for its fall mission to the International Space Station. The agency’s new administrator, Bill Nelson, talks about his role and deep space exploration.

Human Space Exploration
NASA adds astronaut to commercial crew missionSpaceNews.com (5/17): NASA on Monday announced the assignment of Kayla Barron, a nuclear engineer, to the next commercial crew mission that will launch four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) for a six-month mission. Barron will join Raja Chari and Tom Marshburn, also NASA astronauts, and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Matthias Maurer for the launch, currently planned for no earlier than October 23. The announcement is a sign that NASA does not expect to conclude an agreement with Roscosmos in time for a cosmonaut to use a seat on that flight. Barron was among 18 NASA astronauts selected to train for future missions to the Moon as part of NASA’s Artemis initiative.
China’s core space station module Tianhe completes in-orbit testsXinhuanet of China (5/18): The core stage of China’s space station, launched into orbit in late April, has checked out and is prepared for the upcoming arrival of the Tianzhou-2 cargo module. Tianhe ...

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