Partner Manager, SpaceX, NASA's Commercial Crew Program
Astronauts may soon ride on US rockets and in US spaceships for the first time since the last Space Shuttle flight. Jon Cowart of NASA is working with SpaceX toward the first launch of a Dragon spacecraft with humans on board. See the moons of Saturn as you’ve never seen them before in Emily Lakdawalla’s new composite image. Bruce Betts has just returned from Japan with a What’s Up update on the Planetary Defense Conference.
Boeing CST-100 Starliner and the SpaceX Crew Dragon
Artist concept of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and the SpaceX Crew Dragon approaching the International Space Station.
This week's prizes are a Planetary Radio t-shirt, now available in both men’s and women’s styles, and a 200-point iTelescope.net astronomy account.
This week's question:
What is the name of the US mission that will slam a spacecraft into an asteroid in the 2020s as a kinetic impactor demonstration mission? It will be a test of our ability to change the path of a Near Earth Object.