Cable Trouble Dogs Spacewalkers In European Lab Upgrades

Spacewalking astronauts encountered cable trouble Wednesday while attempting to make improvements to the International Space Station’s European lab.

Only one of the two lab upgrades was completely successful.

NASA’s Mike Hopkins and Victor Glover installed a new antenna on Columbus, one of three high-tech labs at the orbiting outpost. It took a few tries by scientists in Europe to get it turned on properly. No longer needed, the boxy antenna cover was thrown overboard.

Read more at: ABC news

NASA’s Past Tragedies Remind Workforce Of Human Spaceflight Risk

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center hosted a day of remembrance Thursday honoring people who died while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery.

The annual memorial pays tribute to those astronauts who died including three Apollo 1 astronauts, the seven crew members of Space Shuttle Challenger and seven astronauts of Columbia.

As Kennedy Space Center returns to hosting human space launches, NASA leaders said remembering the tragedies of the past serves as a reminder of the risk of spaceflight.

Read more at: WMFE


Space Command To Expand Network Of Allies That Help Monitor Orbital Traffic

To get intelligence about what is happening in orbit, U.S. Space Command works with a close-knit group of allies and private companies.

The command is now looking to expand its network of data-sharing partners as activities in space grow and the Pentagon worries about Chinese weapons targeting U.S. satellites.

“How do we create the space picture? How do we know who’s in the domain and operating there?” asked Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt, who commands the multinational space operations arm of U.S. Space Command.

Read more at: Spacenews

NASA’s Efforts to Mitigate the Risks Posed by Orbital Debris

The Office of Inspector General evaluated NASA’s efforts to mitigate the risks posed by orbital debris—human-made objects in space no longer serving a useful purpose—as well as the Agency’s coordination with international and commercial organizations to address the issue.

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Axiom Announces Crew For First Private ISS Mission

A commercial Crew Dragon mission to the International Space Station early next year chartered by Axiom Space will carry four private astronauts — but not a superstar actor.

Axiom Space revealed Jan. 26 the crew of its first mission to the ISS, called Ax-1 and scheduled for launch no earlier than January 2022. The flight is the first in a series planned by the company, which seeks to later add commercial modules to the ISS as a precursor to a stand-alone space station.

Read more at: Spacenews

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