A shift in focus in NASA’s exploration plans to the moon won’t have an immediate effect on planning for the first flight of the agency’s Space Launch System rocket, now expected no sooner than late 2019.
NASA is casting a wider net in its search for designs of a habitat module that could support deep space missions, awarding contracts Aug. 9 to six companies for a new round of studies.
An omnibus spending bill passed by Congress this month directs NASA to accelerate work on a habitation module that could be used for future deep space missions, although how NASA will implement that direction is unclear.
If the space community seeks to turn the Matt Damon film into a commercial for sending people to Mars, we will fail miserably.
What is needed is a firm, long-term commitment to pursue the goal of humans exploring and eventually settling on Mars.
“Let’s get humans farther and deeper into space,” writes Bill Nye in a response to recent op-eds from Robert Zubrin and Rick Tumlinson. “Let’s go to Mars and look for living things.”
It is important not to reinvent the U.S. space program, especially concerning human missions to Mars. While everything is not perfect, we can’t afford another reset of national space policy when the next president takes office.
The Alliance for Space Development is firmly focused on the development that must precede a successful settlement effort regardless of the location — the moon, Mars, free space or asteroids — despite criticism that the alliance has not advocated on lunar settlement this year.
Private spacecraft are visiting the ISS, and NASA has publicly stated that the next space station(s) must be privately owned and operated. Today’s discussions about space activities aren’t merely about exploring space, but about developing and settling it.
On the heels of a closed-door meeting that concluded space development and settlement should be long-term goals of the United States, a separate group of 11 organizations announced a new coalition that will promote policies to achieve those goals.
Space exploration evangelist Rick Tumlinson says he nearly choked on his almond milk when President Obama declared during his State of the Union address that we are going into space not just to explore but to stay.
NASA has pushed back a widely anticipated decision on the design of its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) until January as it seeks to understand if the technology offered by one option is worth its additional complexity and cost.
NASA will decide Dec. 16 whether to shift a small asteroid into orbit around the Moon, or grab a boulder from a larger asteroid and move that to lunar orbit.
Yvonne Pendleton, who became director of the Lunar Science Institute in 2010 and now leads SSERVI, is shepherding the organization through the transition.
Harris’ Network and Space Operations and Maintenance Contract is one of several being eyed for consolidation as the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center copes with shrinking budgets.