In Today’s Deep Space Extra… As the 50th anniversary of the first human Moon landing approaches, Apollo 11 on July 20, the discussion over how best to return and when ramps up. Russia envisions a role for 3-D manufacturing in the production of a Moon settlement using lunar soil. Dust swirls at the Martian north pole.
Human Space Exploration
Trump promises the Moon “very soon” and Mars “someday soon”Spacepolicyonline.com (7/5): In July 4 remarks from the National Mall in Washington, President Trump pledged a human return to the Moon soon, without mentioning a specific date, as did Vice President Mike Pence in late March with his surprise directive that NASA return with the first woman and next man in 2024. Missions to Mars will follow “someday soon,” Trump told the holiday gathering.
Trump lauds Apollo 11 Moon landing, promises American flag on MarsSpace.com (7/5): During his July 4 address from Washington at the Lincoln Memorial, President Trump cited Apollo 11 as an example of the great things the nation is capable of. Fifty years ago July 20, Apollo 11’s Eagle Lander touched down at the Moon’s Sea of Tranquility, enabling Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to become the first humans ...