In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Efforts by NASA’s to expedite a return to the lunar surface with human explorers and how best to accomplish the goal continues to stir discussion. Space Symposium, one of the nation’s biggest gatherings on space policy, gets underway in Colorado Springs today.
Human Space Exploration
NASA will test 5 habitat designs for its lunar Gateway space station
Coalition Members in the News – Boeing, Lockheed Martin, NanoRacks, Northrop Grumman
Space.com (4/5): NASA is moving ahead with efforts to develop a human, lunar orbiting Gateway with ground based evaluations of five prototypes that would serve to establish common designs and interfaces for the multiple components. The Gateway is to serve as a “command module” from which astronauts can descend to and ascend from the surface of the Moon after selecting from a greater variety of exploration sites than possible during NASA’s Apollo program.
Here’s why NASA’s audacious return to the Moon just might work
Coalition Member in the News – Boeing
Ars Technica (4/6): Vice President Mike Pence’s directive to NASA that it return human explorers to the Moon by 2024, faces challenge that range from adequate funding and legislative support to rocket and lunar ...