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Today’s Deep Space Extra

24 May 2019, 14:05 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA selects Maxar to develop the first element of a lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway, a key element of agency’s Artemis initiative to return humans to the surface of the Moon. New science findings address sources of water on the Moon and Mars.
Human Space ExplorationNASA selects Maxar to build first Gateway elementSpaceNews.com (5/23): NASA on Thursday announced the selection of Maxar Technologies, of Westminister, Colorado, as developer of the first element of a lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway. The solar electric powered Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) is to be launched in 2022. In all, NASA studied proposals from five companies under contracts awarded in late 2017. Under the $375 million contract awarded Thursday, NASA supports the construction and launch of the module as well as a year of in-space testing. At the conclusion, NASA has an option then to acquire the PPE for the Gateway. Under NASA’s Artemis program, the PPE would be joined by a “mini-hab” equipped to receive astronauts launched aboard a Space Launch System (SLS)/Orion combination in 2024 to descend to the Moon’s surface at the south pole.
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