In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Administrator announces that the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) will oversee development of the Artemis lunar lander.
Human Space Exploration
MSFC wins lander program despite objections from JSC Congressional supportersSpacepolicyonline.com (8/16): On Friday, NASA Administration Jim Bridenstine announced that the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) will oversee the development of a three component lunar lander to shuttle astronauts between a lunar orbiting Gateway and the lunar surface and do so in time to return human explorers to the surface by 2024. Three Texas lawmakers, U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn and U.S. Rep. Brian Babin, whose district includes the Johnson Space Center (JSC), offered objections prior to the announcement, declaring that JSC is historically better suited to lead. The lander, which is to be developed under a public/private partnership, includes three components, individual transfer and descent/ascent vehicles. JSC will lead the ascent vehicle, which will include an astronaut habitat, under Marshall’s overall supervision, Marshall will lead the transfer and descent work. It’s unclear how Texas objections might influence legislative deliberations over NASA’s 2020 budget.
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