That station will be the lunar orbiting staging point to send astronauts back to the moon's surface in five years - and, Bridenstine says, to pave the way toward future Mars missions.
NASA has picked space technology company Maxar Technologies Inc as the first contractor to help build its Gateway platform in lunar orbit, a crucial outpost for America's mission to relay astronauts to the moon in 2024, the USA agency said on Thursday.More news: AT&T Partners with BitPay to Make a Move Into the Crypto World
Administrator Jim Bridenstine unveiled the calendar for the program on Thursday and revealed that an Orion capsule named Artemis 3 will return astronauts on the moon for the first time in half a century. A new Science Channel series, TRUTH BEHIND THE MOON LANDING, will dissect the most popular conspiracy claims surrounding the iconic moon landing with the help of former NASA Astronaut Leland Melvin, Iraq War veteran and former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Chad Jenkins and best-selling author, Mike Bara.
The orbital station will initially consist of a simple power and propulsion element and a small habitat module. From there they will descend to the surface in what it expects will be a two-stage process - first in a "transfer vehicle" to low lunar orbit, and then in a lander.
It was also reported that two people who are close to the space program and who are well aware of the situation said that Sirangelo has been escorted out of NASA's headquarters in Washington after his resignation. NASA will not specify it in every detail but instead will buy it as a service, Bridenstine said.More news: Two common mistakes are responsible for the most diet-related cancer cases
"Our power and propulsion element partnership enables NASA to leverage Maxar's commercial capabilities to cost-effectively expedite plans for sustainable exploration of the Moon, while also providing significant benefits to American industry", said CEO Dan Jablonsky. "2024 is right around the corner".More news: Skoda Superb revealed as a plug-in hybrid