In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s third flight of the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion capsule could be the mission that returns human explorers to the lunar surface in 2024. NASA is still addressing the increase in the agency’s annual budgets needed to meet the 2024 goal set by the White House in late March. Scientists find more evidence of hydration in primitive asteroids.
Human Space Flight
NASA begins outlining roadmap for 2024 Moon landing
Coalition Members in the News – Boeing, Lockheed Martin, United Launch Alliance
Spaceflightnow.com (5/1): The third launch of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion crew capsule, Exploration Mission-3 (EM-3), would be the one that returns human explorers to the lunar surface in 2024, according to Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA’s Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, who spoke with members of a panel from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. EM-1’s circumnavigation of the Moon, followed by a crewed version of the flight, EM-2 in 2022, would partially set the stage for EM-3 and the landing. Currently, NASA would like to assemble the power and propulsion, docking and hab components of a future lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway, starting in 2022. ...