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Today’s Deep Space Extra

19 May 2020, 13:04 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Human Landing System (HLS) strategy for a human return to the Moon provides a range of capabilities that can address requirements and meet a 2024 target, but schedule pressure remains a significant factor. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe starts extended series of close passes to study the sun.
Human Space Exploration
Can NASA land humans on the Moon by 2024?Coalition Members in the News – Dynetics, Leidos, Lockheed Martin, Maxar, Northrop GrummanThe Space Review (5/18): The early months of planning and developing a Human Landing System (HLS) to return to the surface of the Moon with human explorers by 2024 are key to meeting the schedule, Douglas Loverro, NASA’s associate administrator for human exploration and operations, explained in remarks last week before the NASA Advisory Council’s Human Exploration and Operations Committee. On April 30, NASA awarded contracts to three aerospace companies to provide lander concepts. Two of the three, Blue Origin and Dynetics, include multiple partners, large and small, some with names long familiar throughout the industry and some newer brands. The approach offers a diversity of approaches and technical maturity. The keys are to set requirements correctly without haste and stay the course, said ...

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