Tuesday, 26 March, 2019

Nasa’s new rocket will not be ready for moon mission next year

An astronaut stands on the moon NASA Courtesy
Doris Mccormick | 15 March, 2019, 16:42

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine made a bombshell announcement at a Senate hearing this morning that the agency is studying whether it can launch the uncrewed Orion spacecraft on its first mission around the Moon on commercial rockets instead of the Space Launch System (SLS).

It is the first time that NASA has clearly acknowledged the extent of the problems with the SLS, which according to an inspector general's report last August has so far cost the space agency more than 12 billion USA dollars to develop.

When asked about the potential of a woman making it to the moon, Bridenstine answered "absolutely".

The find could be important for future manned missions to the Moon, NASA says.

In an interview with Science Friday, Bridenstine discusses the high probability of female astronauts playing a big role in upcoming missions to the Moon and, in the future, Mars.

NASA will soon perform its first all-female spacewalk with astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch, who'll be floating around the outside of the International Space Station (ISS). The spacewalk will be on 29 March, coincidentally falling at the end of National Women's Month in the US.

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Speaking on the topic of women in space, Bridenstine said "these are great days". Jackie Kagey will be the lead spacewalk flight controller.

"We're now understanding better how hard this project is and that it is going to take additional time", Bridenstine said of SLS, which has been in development since 2011. We feel lucky that it [the all-female spacewalk] just sort of happened to be in Women's History Month'.

Women first joined NASA in 1978, and now comprise 34 percent of active astronauts at the space agency. What is especially cool about this sample is that the actual stratigraphy from below the surface is still intact, which could hold valuable information about how the moon formed, as well as the time and duration of certain geological phases.

The nine teams that were selected to study the samples are NASA Ames Research Center/Bay Area Environmental Research Institute, NASA Ames, NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center, NASA Goddard, University of Arizona, University of California Berkeley, US Naval Research Laboratory, University of New Mexico and Mount Holyoke College/Planetary Science Institute.

'The moon is the proving ground; Mars is the horizon goal'.

SLS and Orion are expected to be ready for their first uncrewed test flight in 2020.

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