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Today’s Deep Space Extra

2 Apr 2019, 13:49 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s planned Gateway, a lunar orbiting “command module” equipped with reusable ascent and descent modules could be an element crucial to achieving an accelerated and sustained human return to the lunar surface. The 2024 goal, advanced from 2028 by the Trump Administration last week, was the focus of a NASA Town Hall hosted by Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Monday.
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NASA: Lunar ‘Gateway’ is still our best bet for putting boots on the Moon
Popular Mechanics (4/1): A directive from the White House last week to NASA to accelerate efforts to return to the lunar surface with human explorers has stirred debate over the role of human, lunar orbiting Gateway. It could be the permanent analog to the Apollo command modules that circled the Moon with each of the six Apollo landings. Equipped with reusable and descent ascent modules to transport astronauts to a range of surface destinations.
NASA is scrambling to meet the White House mandate to return astronauts to the Moon by 2024
Washington Post (4/1): NASA is scrambling but committed to returning to the lunar surface with human explorers by 2024, Administrator Jim Bridenstine told an agency Town Hall broadcast ...

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