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NASA Administrator to Announce New Space Tech Public-Private Partnerships

10 Oct 2020, 16:06 UTC
NASA Administrator to Announce New Space Tech Public-Private Partnerships
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The Moon as viewed by NASA’s Mariner 10 in 1973, well before research would find signs of rust on the airless surface. (Credits: NASA/JPL/Northwestern University)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will give a keynote address at the virtual fall Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium meeting at 11:45 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 14. The event, co-hosted by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) and Arizona State University, will stream live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Bridenstine will discuss NASA’s Artemis program and announce the agency’s latest Tipping Point selections and their potential impact on sustainable lunar exploration. NASA released the opportunity in January 2020, seeking U.S. industry-developed space technologies to foster the development of commercial space capabilities and benefit future missions.

Following Bridenstine’s remarks, Associate Administrator of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) Jim Reuter will give a short update on the agency’s Lunar Surface Innovation Initiative.

APL operates the consortium in collaboration with NASA under the Lunar Surface Innovation Initiative. The initiative complements the agency’s lunar science activities under Artemis. It engages experts from academia, industry, nonprofits, and government to shape the technologies and systems needed to explore the surface of the Moon in new ...

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