In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Former NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson will command Axiom Space’s second mission to the International Space Station. Roscosmos’ Dmitry Rogozin and NASA’s Bill Nelson plan to discuss space cooperation.
Human Space Exploration
Nelson: “Watch the Chinese”Coalition Members in the News – Maxar, Northrop GrummanSpacepolicyonline.com (5/25): NASA Administrator Bill Nelson again warned of the threat China could pose to U.S. leadership in space during a virtual forum hosted by the National Academies’ Space Studies and Aeronautics and Space Engineering boards. He stressed an urgency for returning humans to the surface of the Moon but did not comment on whether the Biden Administration is holding 2024 as their goal for doing so. Joined by Kathy Lueders, NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, Nelson said the agency is hopeful of launching Artemis I, an uncrewed test flight of the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft around the Moon and back to Earth, by the end of this year. China earlier this month joined the U.S. as being the only nations that have safely landed spacecraft on Mars.
Whitson to command second Axiom Space missionCoalition Member in the News – Axiom SpaceSpaceNews.com (5/25): Peggy Whitson, ...