In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA and commercial partner leadership discuss unfolding strategies for how and where they might return to the surface of the Moon in 2024. Within a month, the European/Japanese Bepi-Columbo spacecraft will flyby Venus with instrumentation ready for another look at indications of atmospheric phosphine, a biomarker. NASA auditors raise concerns about oversight and funding of the agency’s ambitious planetary science division agenda.
Human Space Exploration
Lueders adds to mystery of Artemis 3 landing site: “More to come”Coalition Member in the News — DyneticsSpacepolicyonline.com (9/16): During remarks Wednesday before the Washington Space Business Roundtable, Kathy Lueders, NASA’s recently appointed Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, reinforced comments from Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Monday that the agency’s return to the Moon with human explorers planned for 2024 may occur near a previous Apollo landing site rather than at the more challenging lunar south pole. The agency is considering “a bunch of different options for making a decision,” said Lueders.
Dynetics to use in-space refueling for NASA lunar landerCoalition Members in the News — Dynetics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, United Launch AllianceSpaceNews.com (9/16): On Tuesday, Dynetics unveiled its version of a commercial human lunar lander system ...