In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Step by step, NASA is pressing towards a human return to the surface of the Moon in 2024, an initiative with security as well as scientific significance. At the Paris Air Show, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine comments on Commercial Crew Program status.
Human Space Exploration
NASA to seek proposals for Gateway logisticsSpaceNews.com (6/17): NASA’s planned lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway is to play a critical role in plans to return human explorers to the surface of the Moon in 2024 and establish a sustainable presence by 2028. Like the International Space Station (ISS), the Gateway will require resupply. Starting with a draft request for proposals last week, NASA seeks to use its space station commercial re-supply services contracts as a model.
A new accounting for Apollo: How much did it really cost?The Space Review (6/17): The Planetary Society’s senior space policy adviser offers a fresh accounting for the cost of NASA’s Apollo era pursuit of a human lunar landing. Not as straight forward an effort as it sounds, Apollo was more than a triumph of engineering, organization, and daring. It was also a triumph of political consensus that provided the money, a challenge now ...