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Today’s Deep Space Extra

20 Aug 2019, 15:30 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The White House National Space Council, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence, will meet publicly for the sixth time today. NASA calls on the private sector to bid on resupply missions to the future lunar Gateway. India’s Chandrayaan 2 lander/rover has achieved lunar orbit on its way to a first ever landing at the Moon’s south pole.
Human Space ExplorationNASA issues call for proposals for Gateway logisticsSpaceNews.com (8/19): NASA has issued a request for proposals from the U.S. commercial sector for the launching of supplies to the Gateway that is to be assembled in lunar orbit as part of Artemis, the initiative to return human explorers to the surface of the Moon by 2024 and establish a sustainable human presence in the aftermath to prepare for the human exploration of Mars. Up to $7 billion in contracts are in play. As it does with the International Space Station (ISS), NASA plans fixed price payments to contractors. Responses are due October 1.
Vice President Pence chairs Space Council meeting today: Watch it liveSpace.com (8/19): The future of human space exploration promises to be among the topics of the sixth meeting of the White House National ...

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