In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA is likely to spend much of 2020 working on efforts to accelerate a return to the Moon with human explorers from 2028 to 2024. A launch date for SpaceX’s Crew Dragon abort test slips to no earlier than January 18. NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission finds Earth sized planet in habitable zone of “neighboring” star.
Human Space Exploration
The challenges facing Artemis in 2020The Space Review (1/6): As 2019 came to a close, the U.S. House, Senate and White House came together on a spending plan for the remainder of the 2020 fiscal year, including $22.63 billion for NASA. However, the total included just $600 million of the $1 billion the agency is seeking to award contracts as soon as this month to develop commercial lunar landers for the Artemis initiative. Artemis is an accelerated effort to return to the surface of the Moon with human explorers by the end of 2024. A recent General Accountability Office (GAO) assessment also raised questions about efforts within NASA to speed up what was once a plan to return to the lunar surface with astronauts in 2028.
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