Nasa administrator announces plans to ‘go to the moon and stay’

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In a post detailing his agency’s lofty goals ‘ to return astronauts to the moon, and one day send them to Mars for the first time in human history ‘ Mr Bridenstine said that, this time, the US is playing for keeps.

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He continued: ‘We are going to the moon with innovative new technologies and systems to explore more locations across the surface than we ever thought possible. This time, when we go to the moon, we will stay.’

Mr Bridenstine said that the ambitious plans will begin next week, when partners from private industry and elsewhere have been invited to Nasa headquarters to discuss lunar landers.

  • Publisher: The Independent
  • Date: 2019-02-08T22:13:06+00:00
  • Author: Clark Mindock
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Nasa administrator announces plans to ‘go to the moon and stay’

That’s according to the space agency’s administrator, Jim Bridenstine, who called for ‘the best and brightest of American industry to help design and develop human lunar landers’ in response to what he says is a clear mandate from Donald Trump and Congress to once again get astronauts out of Earth‘s orbit.

So far, Nasa has already contracted with nine companies to send cargo to the moon, with the ultimate goal being to develop landers that can take astronauts back to the surface of the Earth’s satellite.

‘Billions of people around the world will watch history being made as astronauts explore more of the surface for longer periods of time than ever before, and help us prepare for missions to Mars and other destinations,” he wrote.

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  • Publisher: Popular Mechanics
  • Date: 2019-02-06 04:18:00
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