In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Assessments of this week’s Congressional mid-term election outcome on U.S. space policy gets underway. Japan’s seventh re-supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) draws to a close.
Human Space Exploration
Culberson loses as Democrats win House; Nelson losing Senate reelection
SpaceNews.com (11/7): Tuesday’s Congressional mid-term elections promise legislative changes that could affect NASA funding and policy setting.
Russian space leader issues decree against trash, “sloppy” work attitudes
Ars Technica (11/8): Dmitry Rogozin, head of Roscosmos, the Russian federal space agency, admonishes his managers for “sloppy work.” Such conditions are counter to the care required for aerospace, says Rogozin. A NASA astronaut and cosmonaut managed to survive an October 11 soyuz launch abort, blamed on damage to the spacecraft during pre-launch ground preparations.
Japanese cargo ship departs Space Station. Next stop: Oblivion
Space.com (11/7): Japan’s seventh resupply mission spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) was unberthed and departed on Wednesday. The departure cargo included the small return capsule demonstration planned for November 10-11 as the Japanese freighter re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere. A small capsule demonstration attached to the HTV-7 Kounotori capsule will separate to demonstrate an on demand small science payload return capability. The ...