In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The White House National Space Council convenes for the second time on today at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The Space Council named a 29 member advisory panel Tuesday night. Astronauts could step to the surface of the moon in the late 2020’s, according to Robert Lightfoot, NASA’s acting administrator. Bigelow Aerospace unveiled plans Tuesday for an in depth look at the global commercial and government market for a commercial successor to the International Space Station.
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Lightfoot: First crew return to lunar surface towards end of the next decade
Spacepolicyonline.com (2/20): Robert Lightfoot, NASA’s acting administrator, placed the time frame for astronauts stepping to the surface of the moon again at late in the 2020’s during a Washington gathering hosted by the Space Transportation Association. Their transportation to the surface from the U.S. led Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway (LOPG), a lunar orbiting human habitat outlined in NASA’s proposed 2019 budget, could be commercial, government or furnished by an international partner. The same could be true of the astronauts themselves. Lightfoot spoke on the eve of today’s meeting of the recently re-established National Space Council, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence and scheduled for NASA’s ...