In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s strategy for returning to the surface of the Moon with human explorers in 2024 will include commercial partners for the development of pressurized and unpressurized rovers for Artemis astronauts launched on Space Launch System (SLS)/Orion crew capsule missions. A SpaceX’s Starship prototype was damaged Wednesday during a ground test in South Texas.
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NASA to seek ideas for an Artemis lunar roverSpaceNews.com (11/20): Just as it has with lunar landers, NASA plans soon to ask the commercial space industry to respond to a proposal for pressurized and unpressurized lunar landers as part of its Artemis accelerated strategy to return to the surface of the Moon in 2024 with human explorers. Tom Cremins, NASA associate administrator for strategy and plans, outlined the intention at Wednesday’s opening of the two day SpaceCom conference and exposition in Houston on Wednesday.
Boeing’s first space-ready Starliner crew capsule heads to its launch pad ThursdayCoalition Member in the News – BoeingSpaceflightnow.com (11/21): Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner is to leave its NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) production facility for a launch pad at neighboring Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, where it will be mated to the Atlas 5 ...