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Today’s Deep Space Extra

10 Nov 2021, 18:20 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Administrator Bill Nelson says the agency is targeting no earlier than 2025 for returning humans to the surface of the Moon. Mars Perseverance rover is at work scraping away at a layered rock formation at Jezero Crater.

Human Space ExplorationNASA delays human lunar landing to at least 2025SpaceNews.com (11/9): NASA is now targeting no earlier than 2025 for returning astronauts to the surface of the Moon with the Artemis III mission, instead of the previously proposed 2024 landing. In a news briefing on Tuesday, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson cited several factors for the latest target for landing at the Moon’s south pole with astronauts. He blamed legal actions challenging the agency’s April award of a single contract for development of an initial lunar Human Landing System (HLS), lack of funding from Congress, and technical difficulties. The first test flight of the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion, Artemis I, which will send the Orion spacecraft around the Moon and back to Earth without astronauts is planned for February 2022. Artemis II, another test flight but with astronauts aboard, slips from April 2023 to May 2024. Nelson warned of China’s growing space capabilities ...

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