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Today’s Deep Space Extra

22 May 2019, 13:59 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA execs provided a independent advisory council on science with more details on plans to return to the lunar surface with human explorers by 2024. Space policy experts caution NASA’s Artemis initiative to return humans to the Moon must be adequately funded and backed by broad bipartisan support. China’s regulation of launch services is lax, posing a threat to the country’s general population and environment, one U.S. expert in the field warns.
Human Space ExplorationMore details emerge about ArtemisSpacepolicyonline.com (5/21): Two top NASA executives briefed the NASA Advisory Council in Washington Tuesday on plans to accelerate a human return to the surface of the Moon from 2028 to 2024, an initiative with a new name, Artemis. The first joint test flight of the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion, once called Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) and now Artemis-1, is planned for late 2020/early 2021 and without a crew; Artemis-2, a repeat of the SLS/Orion circumlunar test flight with a crew is planned for October/November 2022, followed by Artemis-3, the lunar surface mission with astronauts, in 2024. Five commercially launched missions will be needed to assemble a basic version of a lunar orbiting Gateway and equip it ...

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