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Today’s Deep Space Extra

8 Oct 2019, 14:25 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA advancing its commercial partnership to accelerate a human return to the surface of the Moon in 2024. NASA astronaut Nick Hague receives Russia’s Order of Courage.
Human Space Exploration
NASA’s 2024 Moon goal: Q&A with Human Landing System Chief Lisa Watson-MorganSpace.com (10/7): NASA’s Human Landing System will soon issue a Broad Area Announcement and then this winter make its selection for commercial partners as part of a strategy to accelerate a human return to the Moon in 2024. NASA’s Lisa Watson Morgan, the program manager at the Marshall Space Flight Center, discussed the challenges in an interview at last month’s Wernher Von Braun Symposium. NASA will assess the commercial proposals against a NASA reference strategy. The agency would like to select three, possibly four contract partners. But that depends on funding.
Construction of Starship 39A launch and landing facility picking up the paceNASAspaceflight.com (10/7): Construction of SpaceX Starship launch and landing facilities at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is unfolding at a rapid pace. As many as 24 launches annually are envisioned.
Putin signs decree on awarding Order of Courage to NASA astronaut Nick HagueTASS of Russia (10/8): Russian president ...

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