In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine emphasizes urgency and the role played by international partners in returning to the Moon with human explorers. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross outlines a formula for succeeding in a growing commercial space market.
Human Space Exploration
Two phases of the Moon – NASA will tackle lunar return fast, then sustainability
Spacepolicyonline.com (4/9): NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said speed comes first, then sustainability in the agency’s efforts to return human explorers to the surface of the Moon by 2024, a goal set forth by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in late March. In remarks Tuesday before the annual Space Symposium, meeting in Colorado Springs, Bridenstine said the plan will continue to include the Space Launch System (SLS), Orion and a human tended, lunar orbiting Gateway, though initially with fewer elements than previously planned. The agency, he said, must discard anything that gets in the way to launch the first joint test flight of the SLS and Orion, a uncrewed trip around the Moon and back to Earth called Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) in 2020, followed by EM-2, a crewed version of the same mission as soon thereafter as possible. The sustainable elements of ...