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Today’s Deep Space Extra

23 Jul 2021, 19:10 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Boeing cleared by NASA for Starliner’s Orbital Flight Test-2 launch on July 30. The InSight Mars lander reveals the deep interior of the Red Planet.

Human Space Exploration
SLS engineering tests to accompany pre-launch checkouts for Artemis ICoalition Members in the News – Boeing, Jacobs, United Launch AllianceNASAspaceflight.com (7:22): NASA’s Artemis I, the first integrated test flight of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and an uncrewed Orion spacecraft promises to be as rigorous on the ground as in flight during the pre-launch Integrated Test and Checkout (ITCO) of the flight and ground systems. ITCO will feature special engineering tests for the Orion and SLS program elements. Mathematical models used up to this point to predict how the systems would interact as they were assembled on the launch platform at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) will now calibrate the analytical models while verifying launch readiness.
NASA clears Boeing Starliner for launch on second unpiloted test flightCoalition Members in the News – Boeing, United Launch AllianceSpaceflightnow.com (7/22): Boeing’s Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) mission passed a Flight Readiness Review (FRR) on Thursday, clearing the way for a planned launch on July 30 at 2:53 p.m. ...

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