In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Artemis a priority for Nelson. NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity sails through ninth flight while three rovers are at work on Mars.
Human Space Exploration
New NASA chief Bill Nelson brings a politician’s eye to space agencyCoalition Member in the News – Axiom SpaceSpace.com (7/6): In an interview, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson expresses concerns over China’s growing space prowess and the Asian nation’s efforts to partner with Russia for future exploration of the Moon. “I want the Russians to stay as our partners,” said Nelson. “They’re a very important partner on the Space Station.” As he’s stated previously, NASA will push to return humans to the surface of the Moon by 2024; for him, continuing the push to the Moon is the top priority, and the faster the better. However, he did emphasize that “2024 is the goal, but space is hard.” Nelson also expressed confidence the agency will launch Artemis I, an unpiloted test flight of an Orion crew capsule around the Moon with a liftoff atop a Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, by the end of this year.
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