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DeSantis, Pence Mark 50th Anniversary Of Apollo 11 Mission

DeSantis, Pence Mark 50th Anniversary Of Apollo 11 Mission

Depending on the responses from industry, which are due August 2, NASA may elect to do one more draft before finalizing the solicitation.

"Our vision is really to expand Earth's economic and social sphere to include the moon", Alain Berinstain, Moon Express' vice president of global development, said a year ago at a lunar-science workshop at NASA's Ames Research Center in California.

On July 20, 1969, the Eagle module from Apollo 11 landed at Tranquility Base.

On the anniversary of the moon landing Vice President Pence of the US was at the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing and announce to America the completion of NASA's Orion crew capsule for the first Artemis lunar mission.

The Artemis program's objective is to conduct a series of manned and unmanned missions to the moon, using its surface as a proving ground for technologies that could lay the groundwork for the longer and more complex missions to Mars as soon as 2033, Mr Bridenstine has said. The planned (third) lunar landing had to be aborted but the craft was able to return to Earth without a propulsion system after swinging around the Moon.

It is a crucial time for NASA since it is now being challenged by China, which is already building a very strong space presence to bring humans to the Moon.

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United States space agency NASA on Monday asked American aerospace companies to offer detailed ideas for vehicles that could bring two astronauts to the Moon by 2024, an American objective that was reconfirmed on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.

"The Apollo missions were sort of scouting missions: go there for one to three days, you collect data which you can in that time, you deploy your instruments, but you come back to Earth".

NASA has had this opportunity, off and on, presented and taken away from it for the past 15 years.

"Orion is a new class of spaceship, uniquely designed for long-duration deep space flight, that will return astronauts to the Moon and eventually take the first humans to Mars, and bring them all back safely".

The space agency is now working on a new heavy-lift rocket, a "Lunar Gateway" outpost and lunar landers to deliver space cargo to the Moon by the late 2020s. Any way of going directly without landing on the moon?

"We've got to have American rockets going up from American soil". Once the ability to harness resources becomes viable, NASA could refuel lunar lander elements with the Moon's own resources. "Is that a possibility?" the Republican president asked Bridenstine during an event in the White House Oval Office. "President Trump and Vice President Pence have given us a bold direction to return to the Moon by 2024 and then go forward to Mars".


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