In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Trump hails Mars as NASA’s next target. Australia Plans to join with NASA in the exploration of the Moon and beyond. Hope for restoring communications with India’s Chandrayaan-2 Moon lander fade.
Human Space Exploration
Trump hails Mars as NASA’s next target, says the Moon’s ‘not so exciting’Space.com (9/22): U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday offered an assessment of NASA’s efforts to achieve an accelerated human return to the surface of the Moon by 2024. “‘Hey, we’ve done the Moon. That’s not so exciting,” said Trump “so we’ll be doing the Moon. But we’ll really be doing Mars.” The president spoke after meeting with Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison on future deep space cooperation between the two countries.
Australia will help NASA go to the Moon and MarsEngadget (9/21): Australia intends to commit $150 million over five years to join NASA led efforts to explore the Moon and Mars with contributions in the areas of robotics, automation, remote asset management.
NASA joins last of five sections for Space Launch System (SLS) rocket stageCoalition Members in the News – Aerojet Rocketdyne, BoeingNASA (9/19): Assembly of all five elements of NASA’s Artemis-1 Space Launch System (SLS) rocket core ...