In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A strategy to accelerate a return of human explorers to the surface of the Moon from 2028 to 2024 continue to emerge. A congressional consensus, however, awaits. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine receives praise from the National Space Society (NSS) for backing NEOCam, a space infrared telescope mission to help identify Near Earth Objects posing an impact threat to Earth.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Congress begins to address NASA’s proposed 2020 budget and its supplement and efforts to accelerate a human return to the lunar surface. China’s lunar south pole rover confirms the Moon has a crust and mantle.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s plans for lunar return include landing the first woman on the lunar surface. Education advocates oppose a $1.6 billion 2020 NASA budget supplement that proposes to redirect funds from the Pell Grant reserves. NASA awards $106 million to U.S. small businesses developing technology to support lunar exploration and development. Troubleshooting continues on the Mars Insight heat probe.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine cheers efforts to accelerate the return of human explorers to the surface of the Moon by 2024 in remarks before the Human to Mars Summit and in a town hall meeting with agency employees. A new model of the Martian water cycle may explain how the atmosphere was stripped away from the Red Planet.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The White House announced late Monday it will seek an additional $1.6 billion for NASA in 2020 to help accelerate plans to return human explorers to the surface of the Moon from 2028 to 2024. The congressional request supplements the $21 billion NASA spending plan for the fiscal year beginning October 1 and presented to lawmakers on March 11.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s efforts to meet a new 2024 deadline for a human return to the surface of the Moon and how it will be funded continue to provide a rich topic of discussion with the space community. But the effort, a partnership between NASA and the private sector and international partner, is beginning produce potential significant elements.