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#109: An SLS in the Garage

October 8th, 2019 · 49 minutes

This fortnight: NASA works to get its InSight lander digging again, while the SLS program moves forward with training using a replica core stage and some have suggested Planet 9 may not be a planet at all. Oh, and Elon Musk and Jim Bridenstine have been feisty on Twitter.

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Links and Show Notes

NASA's Push to Save the Mars InSight Lander's Heat Probe – NASA's InSight Mars Lander
Raw Images | Multimedia – NASA's InSight Mars Lander
Elon Musk, NASA, and the Effort to Return to Orbit - The Atlantic
Jim Bridenstine on Twitter: "My statement on @SpaceX's announcement tomorrow: https://t.co/C67MhSeNsa" / Twitter
Elon Musk on Twitter: "@SciGuySpace For what it’s worth, the SpaceX schedule, which I’ve just reviewed in depth, shows Falcon & Dragon at the Cape & all testing done in ~10 weeks" / Twitter
Elon Musk aims to put SpaceX’s Starship in orbit in six months - The Verge
It looks like SpaceX is now prioritizing Crew Dragon—which is great for NASA | Ars Technica
Hardware arrives in Florida for Crew Dragon in-flight abort test – Spaceflight Now
Blue Origin performs high-altitude test of crew escape motor – Spaceflight Now
SLS Core Stage Pathfinder Exercise | NASA
First Pegasus Barge Arrival of NASA’s Artemis Program | NASA
SLS Rocket Pathfinders Prepare Teams for One-of-a-Kind Hardware | NASA
Space Shuttle Pathfinder - Wikipedia
Dressing for the Job: Spacesuits Prepped for Upcoming Spacewalks | NASA
First of Five Power Upgrade Spacewalks This Month Wraps Up – Space Station
NASA is getting ready for the first all-female spacewalk — again - The Verge
Mary Robinette Kowal on Twitter: "Can we take a moment to talk about optimizing and gender? / Twitter
‘Planet Nine’ may actually be a black hole | Science | AAAS
Is Planet Nine Actually a Primordial Black Hole? | HowStuffWorks