NASA may take first Orion capsule launch from SLS

NASA may take first Orion capsule launch from SLS

He also said the United States will have astronauts on the moon again in less than 10 years and this time, he says, 'we will stay'.

The 43-year-old also told radio talk show Science Friday that the next astronaut to return to the moon since the 1972 landing should be female.

The U.S. space agency announced Monday, March 11 that it had selected nine teams to study "pieces of the Moon that have been carefully stored and untouched for almost 50 years".

The first all-women spacewalk will be happening March 29 as part of National Women's Month, Bridenstine said in the interview. According to the agency, women now make up 34 percent of NASA's active astronauts.

Bridenstine said that NASA planners determined last week that the preparations for EM-1 wouldn't make the previously anticipated June 2020 launch date. We feel lucky that it [the all-female spacewalk] just sort of happened to be in Women's History Month'. Today, women comprise 34% of active NASA astronauts, according to the agency.

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All eyes have been on the partnership between SpaceX and NASA in recent weeks, with the successful launch, docking, and splashdown of the Crew Dragon spacecraft heightening the anticipation of NASA having its own crew-capable launch system ready for manned flight testing.

Almost 50 years have passed since NASA collected samples of the Moon during the Apollo missions of the late 1960s and 1970s.

"The president has given us Space Policy Directive 1, which says to go back to the moon, and we're going to do that in short order - maybe even in 2019, but at least by 2020 - with commercial lunar payload services that are going to be funded through the Science Mission Directorate, and all of this is going to be possible because we're looking at going fast", Bridenstine said.

However, the water observed by the LAMP instrument does not decrease when the Moon is shielded by the Earth and the region influenced by its magnetic field, suggesting water builds up over time, rather than "raining" down directly from the solar wind. "We will use what we learn as we move forward to the Moon to take the next giant leap - sending astronauts to Mars". The spending plan also opens the door for using commercial rockets to deliver the first elements of the worldwide Gateway space platform to lunar orbit. Such a scenario could mean that the SLS' first true liftoff to space would have astronauts aboard, with no preliminary uncrewed launch. The shift in focus will likely result in several missions slated to be launched aboard the rocket shifted to commercial partners, including the construction of the agency's lunar-orbit space station.

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