In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA provides a National Space Council requested strategy for returning human explorers to the surface of the Moon to establish a south pole habitat and provide other assets, including an orbital Gateway to prepare for expeditions to Mars. White House science adviser Kevin Droegemeier becomes acting director of the National Science Foundation as well. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame delays induction ceremonies in response to coronavirus.
Human Space Exploration
NASA outlines lunar surface sustainability conceptNASA (4/2): “NASA’s Plan for Sustained Lunar Exploration and Development,” a report released late Thursday outlines the agency’s strategy for returning to the surface of the lunar surface with human explorers in 2024 and steps beyond to prepare for astronaut missions to Mars. Key elements include surface habitation at the lunar south pole and a habitable lunar terrain vehicle good for 45 day treks. A planned lunar orbiting Gateway would provide a means of simulating a Mars transit, while providing astronauts with access to a wide range of surface destinations and opportunities to explore for lunar resources. The report was requested by the National Space Council on August 19, 2020.
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