In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine appeared before Congressional appropriators on Wednesday to discuss the NASA budget. He also addressed this week’s directive from the White House National Space Council to accelerate efforts to return to the lunar surface with human explorers by 2024. A new study suggests Mars, now cold and dry, may have hosted a climate suited to rain and the flow of surface water longer than previously believed. India’s anti-satellite test creates concern.
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NASA studying ways to accelerate development of SLS
SpaceNews.com (3/27): NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine appeared before the U.S. House Appropriations Committee’s Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee on Wednesday to discuss the directive issued by Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday that NASA accelerate plans for a human return to the lunar surface from 2028 to 2024. The “very aggressive” goal will require an increase in funding, Bridenstine told the panel. He informed the panel that NASA is assessing efforts to accelerate the first joint test flight of the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion deep space crew capsule to mid-2020. Even an alternative to keep the test flight on schedule for 2020 by looking to a commercial launch ...