In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s commercial partners offer the agency alternatives for a lunar lander to carry out an accelerated return to the surface of the Moon with astronauts in 2024. Until NASA returns to the Moon, the International Space Station (ISS) will provide opportunities to mitigate the risks of deep space exploration, including astronaut health and performance as well as a lunar dust mitigation.
Human Space Exploration
Boeing offers SLS-launched lunar lander to NASACoalition Members in the News – Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop GrummanSpaceNews.com (11/5): Boeing on Tuesday offered NASA a possible alternative to a lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway in its quest to accelerate a return to the surface of the Moon with human explorers in 2024. The proposed two stage Boeing lander would launch on the Block 1B version of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. The Block 1B adds an Exploration Upper Stage to the SLS, a combination with enough power to launch a single-unit lunar lander into orbit around the Moon to rendezvous directly with the Orion crew vehicle or with the lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway to await an Orion capsule with astronauts.
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