In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The first two astronauts on the Moon in more than 50 years will spend about six to seven days on the lunar surface during the Artemis 3 mission. NASA makes new strides in its partnership with commercial space companies for suborbital and orbital pursuits as the agency turns its human exploration focus to deep space.
Human Space Exploration
Don’t expect NASA’s 1st Artemis astronauts to drive on the Moon in a fancy lunar carSpace.com (6/23): A recent NASA presentation about the early Artemis missions intended to return human explorers to the surface of the Moon in 2024 suggest Artemis 3, the first landing with two astronauts, will include a six to seven day stay and opportunities for about up to six hour spacewalks, perhaps covering up to ten miles. Efforts to provide a surface rover to extend astronaut exploration activities will likely await a second mission with astronauts.
Commercial human spaceflight making stridesCoalition Members in the News – Axiom, BoeingSpacepolicyonline.com (6/23): NASA announced plans Tuesday to make use of commercial suborbital launch services like those in the offing by Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic for the launch of astronauts and other agency personnel for training ...