In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Studies of a candidate Northrop Grumman habitat for a lunar orbiting human tended NASA Gateway conclude. Lawmakers consider measures to protect the Apollo 11 landing site on the Moon. An experimental supercomputer returns to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS) to undergo evaluation.
Human Space Exploration
Gateway to the Moon: NASA testing mock-up for lunar-orbiting habitat prototypeCoalition Member in the News – Northrop GrummanSpace.com (6/4): NASA and Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems have concluded a ground assessment of a habitat mock up for a lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway. Assessed in facilities at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC), the mock-up includes a pair of habitat modules and an airlock/tunnel. The concept, developed under a NASA NextSTEP-2 agreement, is based on the Northrop Grumman Cygnus module that has flown NASA contracted cargo missions to the International Space Station (ISS).
Space Act calls for protection of Apollo 11 landing siteSpace.com (6/4): Legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate in late May, the One Small Step to Protect Human Heritage in Space Act, seeks to protect NASA’s Apollo 11 landing site at the Sea of Tranquility on the Moon and others lunar sites marking humanity’s first voyages off the ...