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December 23, 2019 – January 5, 2020 / Vol 38, No 51 – No 52 / Hawai`i Island, USA

20 Dec 2019, 19:56 UTC
December 23, 2019 – January 5, 2020 / Vol 38, No 51 – No 52 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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2020 Space Exploration Highlights

Welcoming the 2020s decade, ISS crew plan to repair AMS via EVA and conduct research on plant cultures, among many other activities. Facilitating USA access to ISS, Commercial Crew Program will utilize Boeing CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX Crew Dragon. SpaceX also plans to achieve orbital flight of Starship. China heavy lift LM 5, given successful return to service Dec 27, will launch Chinese large modular space station core module – Tianhe-1 or ‘Harmony of the Heavens’. Chang’e-5 is to be the first lunar sample return mission since 1976. Mars Global Remote Sensing Orbiter and Small Rover (dubbed Huoxing-1) is aiming for launch window in July. USA, UAE and Europe are also making attempts towards robotic exploration of Mars. India will admirably reattempt lunar surface landing with Chandrayaan-3, a more direct trajectory will send a lander and rover while making use of existing orbiter. Uncrewed Artemis 1 (Orion Spacecraft coupled to SLS) could launch NET November for lunar orbit and return test flight mission. Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin intend to bring tourists to space. IAC is to be held in Dubai, MVA will host annual workshop on the island nation of Cyprus. Further out into the ...

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