Extra will not be published on Monday, February 17 in observance of President’s Day. It will return on Tuesday, February 18
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A delayed resupply mission is set to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) Friday afternoon. Observations of Arrokoth, a distant Kuiper Belt Object resembling a giant snowman, suggests some planet forming processes were gentle mergers rather than violent collisions. NASA announces four candidates for future planetary science missions.
Human Space Exploration
Northrop Grumman aims for Valentine’s Day launch of NASA cargo on Cygnus spacecraftCoalition Member in the News – Northrop GrummanSpace.com (2/13): Northrop Grumman’s 13th NASA contracted resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) is planned to liftoff Friday at 3:43 p.m., EST from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern shore. A first attempt to launch on February 9 was scrubbed minutes from liftoff to deal with an errant launch support system sensor, then shifted from Thursday to Friday to permit more time to test the replacement. The Antares rocket and Cygnus resupply capsule is loaded with a 7,600 pound cargo.
NASA: Mars astronauts will use lasers to communicate with EarthFuturism.com (2/13): After leading ...