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Today’s Deep Space Extra

14 May 2020, 13:05 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The Human Exploration and Operations Committee of the independent NASA Advisory Council entered a two day discussion Wednesday on an evolving strategy to return human explorers to the surface of the Moon in 2024. Complexity and safety as well as success are among the concerns.
Human Space ExplorationNASA advisors worry agency is spinning its wheels on ArtemisSpacepolicyonline.com (5/14): On Wednesday, the first day of a two day meeting between the independent NASA Advisory Council’s Human Exploration and Operations Committee produced an updated glimpse at the agency’s evolving strategy to achieve a challenging accelerated return to the surface of the Moon with human explorers in 2024. One evolving element is the Gateway, a lunar orbiting, human tended way point for the astronauts arriving from Earth and shuttling to the lunar surface and back. Currently, NASA plans to launch the first two elements of the Gateway, power and propulsion and habitat and logistics elements together in 2023. Another concern is the Human Landing System (HLS), which like Gateway may face changing requirements. Some committee members questioned the complexity and safety of a strategy that seems schedule challenged.
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