In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Joined by several members of Congress, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine plans to speak on the agency’s lunar lander development strategy Friday afternoon. Thursday, the administrator toured the Michoud Assembly Facility to check out the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS).
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Key Texas Congressional leaders object to NASA’s choice of MSFC to lead lunar programSpacepolicyonline.com (8/15): NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine plans a Friday afternoon announcement on the lunar lander elements of the Artemis initiative to accelerate a human return to the surface of the Moon by 2024. He’s to be joined at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) by members of Congress from Alabama and Texas. According to the report, there could be some disagreement over whether Marshall or NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) should take the overall lead in bringing the lunar orbital transfer, descent and ascent elements of the lander strategy together.
Top NASA official gets look at next Moon rocketCoalition Member in the News – BoeingAssociated Press via Washington Post (8/15): NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine strolled around the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket’s 212 foot long core stage at the agency’s Michoud Assembly Facility near New Orleans ...