NASA and its Australian counterpart have agreed to cooperate on a future robotic lander mission where Australia will provide a small rover as part of a test of resource utilization technologies.
NASA’s administrator says he remains confident that Congress will provide the agency with funding to allow it to select a second lunar lander developer despite a lack of public progress on funding and concerns raised elsewhere in the agency about the effect an ongoing protest could have on congressional support for the program.
NASA will provide $146 million to five companies, representing the three teams that previously competed to develop the Artemis lunar lander, to perform studies for future lunar lander concepts.
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson talks Artemis, HLS, budget prospects and more in an exclusive interview with SpaceNews.
While moving up the date of a human lunar landing may have been well intentioned, providing the urgency needed to make decisions and more forward, budgets that have not kept pace with projections and inevitable future technical problems make it unlikely NASA can get everything in place to land humans on the moon in 2024.
The recent Office of Inspector General report that concluded NASA's spacesuit program is out of sync with with a 2024 lunar landing excluded any consideration of the substantial privately led work that has already been accomplished by industry.
Spacesuits that NASA astronauts will need to walk on the moon won't be ready in time to meet a 2024 lunar landing goal, NASA’s inspector general concluded.
A growing number of spacecraft missions, as well as NASA’s Artemis program, are putting new pressures on the agency’s Deep Space Network of antennas that communicate with them.
NASA is seeking proposals to begin the next phase of Artemis lunar lander services, moving quickly despite unresolved protests about its selection of SpaceX to develop a lunar lander.
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson told a House committee June 23 that NASA is awaiting a decision from the GAO on protests of the agency’s lunar lander contract before releasing more details on plans to return humans to the moon.
The Japanese and Canadian space agencies announced plans May 26 to send small rovers to the moon in the next several years, as Lockheed Martin unveiled a partnership with automaker General Motors to propose a rover for NASA’s Artemis program.
A GAO report warns that NASA’s Artemis program faces technical risks as well as management issues that raise doubts about achieving the goal of returning humans to the moon by 2024.
President Biden and Congress should commit to setting 2026 as the year that the United States returns humanity to the moon. What better way to celebrate the 250th anniversary of U.S. independence?