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Today’s Deep Space Extra

16 Jun 2021, 13:00 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Brazil signs the Artemis Accords. NASA opens contest to name the “Moonikin” that will fly aboard the Orion spacecraft on Artemis I.

Human Space ExplorationNelson asks Senate appropriators for more HLS fundingSpaceNews.com (6/15): During an appearance before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Commerce, Justice, and Science subcommittee on Tuesday for a hearing on NASA’s FY2022 budget, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson asked for additional funding to support the development of a second lunar Human Landing Systems (HLS). Nelson said he supported competition and, as he did at a House appropriation hearing in May, suggested one way to enable that was to add money for HLS in a “Jobs bill.” Nelson also stated that an effort to reach the Moon with astronauts is important as the U.S. faces aggressive competition from China. Both Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), chair of the CJS Subcommittee, and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), ranking member, asked Nelson about the 2024 Moon landing. Nelson said that while 2024 remained the goal, space is a difficult field. Other topics included the extension of the International Space Station (ISS) operations until 2030, NASA’s role in understanding climate change, and aging NASA infrastructure.
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