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Today’s Deep Space Extra

6 Jul 2021, 14:31 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA is seeking proposals for the next phase of Artemis landers. James Webb Space Telescope passes key launch review.

Human Space ExplorationNASA seeking proposals for next phase of Artemis lunar lander services despite industry protestsSpaceNews.com (7/2): NASA on July 1 issued a request for proposals for a Sustainable Human Landing System Studies and Risk Reduction effort under Appendix N of the agency’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) program. The action seeks competitive industry-led studies of human landing system (HLS) development for operations beyond Artemis III, the mission that targets a return of astronauts to the surface of the Moon. The space agency launched this next request for lander services even though the U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO) is assessing protests over NASA’s award of a sole contract to SpaceX to develop an HLS to support a human return to the surface of the Moon. The GAO should rule on the protests by teams led by Blue Origin and Dynetics regarding the Artemis III HLS contract by August 4. NASA is seeking responses to its latest call for HLS study proposals by August 2.
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