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May 13-19, 2019 / Vol 38, No 19 / Hawai’i Island, USA

10 May 2019, 20:26 UTC
May 13-19, 2019 / Vol 38, No 19 / Hawai’i Island, USA
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Apollo 10 @50 Observed as International Entities Plan 21st Century Moon Missions

50th year of Apollo Moon Missions 10, 11 and 12 are celebrated this year and especially on May 18, July 20, and November 19 respectively. Revival of the USA Human lunar program is now aiming to land women and men on the South Pole within the next 5 years, with an emphasis on creating a sustainable architecture. While the general outline of returning to the Moon with commercial and international partnerships through step-by-step technology development has been made public, no FY2020 funding request or commitment has yet been announced. NASA has chosen 9 companies to fulfill future Commercial Lunar Payload Services contracts; is set to determine Lunar Surface Instrument and Technology Payloads providers; and has ordered a pre-solicitation for Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP-2) for Human Lunar Lander Ascent System. International support for Lunar Orbital Gateway-Platform concept underlines the consensus and interest in occupying cislunar space. Rediscovering historic missions and exploring new frontiers are significantly increasing with the possible locating of the jettisoned 4-meter wide Apollo 10 module ‘Snoopy’, Beresheet commercial craft attempting lunar landing, China landing Chang’e-4 on the Far Side, India planning Moon South ...

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