In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA takes more steps to prepare for the return of human explorers to the surface of the Moon in 2024 and prepare for Mars. Canadian study suggests lunar water could have high economic value.
Human Space Exploration
Alabama space center will manage NASA’s lunar lander programArs Technica (8/13): The publication offers a preview of NASA Artemis field center assignments possible this Friday as NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine visits the Marshall Space Flight Center. Citing congressional sources, Ars Technica reports Marshall will lead overall efforts by NASA to develop a Moon lander and two of its three elements, the Transfer and Descent stages that will descend from a lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway. The Johnson Space Center (JSC), which manages the Gateway, will manage development of the lander’s ascent stage, which will provide a surface habitat for the astronauts as well as quarters during the descent and ascent from and to the Gateway.
Space samples link NASA’s Apollo 11 and Mars 2020NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (8/13): Apollo 11, which recently marked its 50th anniversary, raised the bar when it came to planetary science as well as human space exploration as it landed on ...