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Today’s Deep Space Extra

11 Dec 2019, 14:12 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA leadership suggests Artemis 3, an accelerated effort to return to the surface of the Moon with human explorers in 2024, hinges on more than the Artemis 1 Space Launch System (SLS)/Orion test mission. Earth science mission participants encouraged by growing number of launch alternatives.
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Bridenstine and Loverro: Artemis 1 launch date important, but not the whole storySpacepolicyonline.com (12/11): At a SpaceNews.com hosted Washington event on Tuesday, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Doug Loverro, the agency’s newly appointed associate administrator for human exploration and operations, urged supporters to look beyond Artemis 1, the first joint test launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion crew capsule, in their assessments of efforts to achieve an accelerated human return to the surface of the Moon in 2024. Earlier this week, the two executives marked assembly complete of the SLS core stage for Artemis 1, which will take the uncrewed Orion around the Moon and back to Earth. But a new launch date for the much delayed, multi week mission remains under review. Artemis 2 is to follow a similar course with astronauts, setting the stage for the Artemis 3, the 2024 landing ...

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