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Today’s Deep Space Extra

14 Sep 2021, 14:37 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The Orion spacecraft moves into production phase. An emergence of Special Purpose Acquisition Companies is fueling a transition of small space startups to publicly held enterprises.

Human Space Exploration
Orion spacecraft production progresses for Artemis mission; Program Manager Cathy Koerner quotedCoalition Member in the News – Lockheed MartinExecutiveGov.com (9/13): NASA recently completed welding on the Artemis III Orion pressure vessel, the main structure for the spacecraft’s crew module, which will now ship to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for integration of the spacecraft’s systems and subsystems. The structure is the first major piece of hardware in Orion’s production phase with contractor Lockheed Martin. “NASA is shifting its focus from the development phase to the production phase for the Orion spacecraft to enable a long-term presence on and around the Moon,” said Cathy Koerner, NASA’s Orion program manager.

Space Science
Distant ‘Requiem’ supernova will be visible again in 2037, astronomers predictSpace.com (9/14): A distant supernova previously imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope will be visible again from Earth in 2037, astronomers predict. The supernova, dubbed Requiem, is a result of a stellar explosion some 10 billion light-years away. It was visible to ...

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