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NASA unveils $28 billion plan to return to the moon by 2024 – The Statesman

nasa unveils $28 billion plan to return to the moon by 2024 – the statesman

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About 18 months ago, NASA accepted a bold challenge to send the first woman and next man to the surface of the Moon in 2024.  On Monday, NASA has shared an update on its Artemis program and revealed its latest plan to return astronauts to the Moon in 2024. The estimated the cost of meeting that deadline is $28 billion, from which $16 billion would be spent on the lunar landing module.
However, meeting the deadline set by US President Donald Trump administrator, Jim Bridenstine, depends a lot on receiving approval from Congress, as they have to approve financing of $3.2 billion quickly for the development of human-rated lunar landers, according to a report in Spaceflight Now on Monday. The $28 billion would cover the budgetary years of 2021-25.
“I am confident in NASA’s partnership with these companies to help achieve the Artemis mission and develop the human landing system returning us to the Moon” said Lisa Watson-Morgan, HLS program manager at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. “We have a history of proven lunar technical expertise and capabilities at Marshall and across NASA that will pave the way for our efforts to quickly and safely land humans on the Moon in 2024.” 

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9, Dragon Design Lauded By NASA Administrator As Unique & Creative

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SpaceX Dragon 2 crew vehicle atop a Falcon 9 Block 5 booster at launch pad 39A in Florida during pre-flight checkouts on May 26, 2020 a day before the Demo-2 mission’s first launch attempt. SpaceX and NASA chose to forfeit this launch window due to weather constraints and the Dragon launched astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the ISS on May 30, 2020. (SpaceX/Twitter)
Officials of the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) conducted a press briefing today in which agency officials provided members of the press with updates about its progress on the Artemis program. NASA’s Artemis missions aim to solidify American leadership in deep space exploration by providing the country with a solid foundation to conduct experiments on the lunar South Pole. The briefing was conducted by NASA Administrator Mr. Jim Bridenstine who braces himself to secure much-needed funds for the Artemis program from the U.S. Congress.
Joining him were Kathy Lueders, associate administrator for NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, James Reuter, associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.
SpaceX Looks To Test Starlink In Alaska As It Gears For Commercial LaunchAt the event, Administrator Bridenstine …

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ASU alum combines love of geology, passion to share earth science

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September 21, 2020
Growing up in Cave Creek, Arizona, Chad Kwiatkowski chose to study geology because he had a desire to learn the geologic story of the mountains that he grew up exploring, located in and around metropolitan Phoenix.“I knew ASU would be the best place to learn this,” the Arizona State University alumnus said. “Additionally, I heard great things about the geology program at ASU from my community college professors. After being given a tour of the School of Earth and Space Exploration’s headquarters and seeing the Center for Meteorite Studies on the second floor, my choice was set in stone.”

ASU alumnus Chad Kwiatkowski.
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Kwiatkowski earned his Bachelor of Science in earth and space exploration (geological sciences) in 2018. He is currently a graduate student in geology at Northern Arizona University. During his time at ASU, Kwiatkowski was a member of the ASU GeoClub, a student organization that sells minerals on campus to fund geology trips and public outreach events. He also served as the GeoClub’s outreach coordinator during his senior year. “It was a memorable experience and I made many friends that will last a lifetime,” he said. Kwiatkowski was also selected as the …

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Planetary Society in Pasadena Turns 40

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A file photo of Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer of the Planetary Society, President Barack Obama, and Neil Tyson, posing for a selfie (Photo – Bill Nye, Planetary Society).
The Planetary Society celebrates its 40th anniversary with a Congressional Resolution.
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Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) introduced legislation recognizing the 40th anniversary of the Planetary Society. The resolution is cosponsored by Reps. Alan Lowenthal, Brad Sherman, Susan Davis, Raul Grijalva, and Jamie Raskin.
Founded by Carl Sagan, Louis Friedman, and Bruce Murray, the Planetary Society, with its headquarters on South Los Robles Blvd., in Pasadena, has educated the public about space exploration and advocated for support of the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) since 1980.
Rep. Chu and Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer of the Planetary Society, issued the statements on the occasion:
Rep. Judy Chu said:
Few things can capture the human imagination quite like space exploration. And thanks to their decades of outreach and advocacy, the Planetary Society has put outer space in reach for so many people. I am privileged to represent some of the greatest minds in science who have taken us to Mars and beyond. But these accomplishments would not have been possible without the …

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Chitin-Based Biomaterial Could Build a Better Mission to Mars

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The next stage of space exploration is all about sustainability. If manned missions to Mars are to succeed, a radical new material is needed to meet human needs in this harshest of environments. Chitin — a biomaterial ubiquitous on Earth — could provide such a substance. 

As plans to send manned missions to Mars and possibly beyond develop, the revised aim of such endeavors is to enable longer-lasting visits to these alien vistas. Increased surface visits mean one thing: sustainability. Achieving sustainability in space will require exceptional and novel materials to meet human needs. 

A new suggestion from the Singapore University of Technology and Design may take the prize for the strangest concept for a space-based material yet. A team of researchers from the university is championing the use of chitin to create tools and shelters for prolonged missions to Mars and beyond. 

Chitin is one of the most common organic polymers on Earth, comprising the exoskeletons of anthropods such as insects and crustaceans, the scales of fish, and forming a primary component in the cell walls of fungi. It is second only to cellulose in its abundance, and seems to be the biological kingdom’s …

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Exclusive: China to lose access to Australian space tracking station

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By Jonathan Barrett4 Min ReadSYDNEY (Reuters) – China will lose access to a strategic space tracking station in Western Australia when its contract expires, the facility’s owners said, a decision that cuts into Beijing’s expanding space exploration and navigational capabilities in the Pacific region.FILE PHOTO: The Australian flag flutters in front of the Great Hall of the People during a welcoming ceremony for Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (not in picture) in Beijing, China, April 14, 2016. REUTERS/Jason LeeThe Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) has had a contract allowing Beijing access to the satellite antenna at the ground station since at least 2011. It is located next to an SSC satellite station primarily used by the United States and its agencies, including NASA.The Swedish state-owned company told Reuters it would not enter into any new contracts at the Australian site to support Chinese customers after its current contract expires. However, it did not disclose when the lease runs out.“Given the complexity of the Chinese market, brought about by the overall geopolitical situation, SSC has decided to focus mainly on other markets for the coming years,” the SSC said in an emailed response to questions.The site is owned …

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Space Hero reality TV contest to send civilian to ISS in 2023

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London, 20 September 2020. – The London-based TV series and show producer Space Hero is planning to send the winner of a global reality TV competition to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2023, Space Hero announced last week.
Space Hero has secured a seat on a 2023 mission to the ISS and launched what Space Hero describes as the world’s first global space casting show. Space Hero did not specify which mission it will use to send a civilian to space and launch its global reality TV contest.
Space Hero was created in 2008 in Berlin and moved its headquarters to London in 2016. The cofounders are the media and entertainment industry executives Thomas Reemer and Deborah Sass; the venture is led by the former News Corp Europe chief Marty Pompadur.
“Space Hero’s mission is to break barriers and create avenues for greater participation by the Public, bringing Millions of People into the New Space economy,” Space Hero says in its LinkedIn profile. “Space Hero is your partner to help navigate the market of Next Generation Space explorers, working together to grow your global community, fan base and audience, delivering content from leading media producers directly to your viewers through constant engagement. We harness …

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NASA is in the market for moon rocks

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If one needed positive proof that the Artemis program is not your father’s moon shot, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine James (Jim) Frederick BridenstineOvernight Defense: Trump hosts Israel, UAE, Bahrain for historic signing l Air Force reveals it secretly built and flew new fighter jet l Coronavirus creates delay in Pentagon research for alternative to ‘forever chemicals’ Trump offers promises for the Space Force and NASA for the second term Peace between Israel and the UAE could spark joint Israeli-Arab space exploration MORE announced that the space agency is interested in buying moon rocks.“The requirements we’ve outlined are that a company will collect a small amount of Moon ‘dirt’ or rocks from any location on the lunar surface, provide imagery to NASA of the collection and the collected material, along with data that identifies the collection location, and conduct an ‘in-place’ transfer of ownership of the lunar regolith or rocks to NASA. After ownership transfer, the collected material becomes the sole property of NASA for our use.”Bridenstine went on to explain that the competition is open to any commercial company, not just American ones. NASA will pay 10 percent on award of the contract, 10 percent on launch of …

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A biological polymer could be the perfect material to build tools and shelters on Mars

a biological polymer could be the perfect material to build tools and shelters on mars

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Chitin, an organic polymer found in the cell walls of fungi, the exoskeletons of crustaceans and insects, and the scales of fish, could potentially be used as a building material by human settlers on Mars, researchers say.

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With plans to revisit the lunar surface and eventually send a crewed mission to the Red Planet, future space exploration missions are likely to involve an extended stay. Any brave souls wishing to take on such an endeavour are going to need a reliable building material to construct tools and shelters.
A team led by Javier Fernandez at Singapore University of Technology and Design have created a simple manufacturing technology based on chitin which uses basic chemistry suitable for early Martian settlement to extract and manufacture a new material with minimal energy requirements and without specialised equipment.

“Against the general perception, bioinspired manufacturing and sustainable materials are not a substituting technology for synthetic polymers, but an enabling technology defining a new paradigm in manufacturing, and allowing to do things that are unachievable by the synthetic counterparts. Here we have demonstrated that they are key not only for our sustainability on Earth but also for one of the next biggest achievements of humanity: …

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