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Today’s Deep Space Extra

22 Jun 2021, 14:16 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Pam Melroy was sworn in Monday as NASA’s Deputy Administrator. The InSight Mars lander might end its mission in a year.

Human Space Exploration
Melroy officially onboard at NASASpacePolicyOnline.com (6/22): Pam Melroy, retired NASA astronaut and U.S. Air Force test pilot, was sworn in as NASA’s 15th Deputy Administrator on Monday. The ceremony followed the June 17 confirmation by the U.S. Senate of her nomination by President Biden. One other NASA nominee, Margaret Vo Schaus, is still waiting for Senate confirmation to be the agency’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Space Science
Dropping power levels threaten InSight missionSpaceNews.com (6/22): Dust buildup on the InSight Mars lander’s solar panels is responsible for a decrease in the spacecraft’s power. As a result of the power waning, InSight’s mission could end within a year. The lander’s main instrument, its seismometer, has remained in operation, but shutting it down is not out of the question as Mars approaches aphelion, or the point in the orbit of the planet at which it is farthest from the sun.
The Hubble Telescope’s payload computer is down. NASA has spent days trying to fix itUSA Today (6/21): NASA experts are ...

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