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Today’s Deep Space Extra

21 May 2019, 12:16 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… More details emerge regarding NASA’s plans for a sustained return to the Moon with astronauts. Japan prepares to participate in the assembly of NASA’s lunar orbiting Gateway.
Human Space ExplorationNASA’s full Artemis plan revealed: 37 launches and a lunar outpostArs Technica (5/20): More details emerge regarding Artemis, the NASA plan announced nearly two months ago to accelerate a human return to the surface of the Moon from 2028 to 2024 and return subsequently with landers to establish an outpost for longer duration stays. The full cost and source of the funding remain unclear and a potential obstacle among lawmakers responsible for the funding.Japan to sign on to U.S. Moon exploration platformNikkei Asian Review (5/20): When they meet next week, President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are expected to sign an agreement for Japan’s participation in NASA’s lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway. Japan is expected to contribute to the Gateway’s life support systems and re-supply needs. Canada has already signed on as a participant in the assembly of the way point for astronauts headed to the lunar surface. Have Moonsuit, will travelThe Space Review (5/20): NASA’s plans for an accelerated human return to the ...

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