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NASA chief acknowledges more trouble with SLS rocket

NASA unearthing the secrets of untouched moon samples NASA unearthing the secrets of untouched moon samples
Cary Marshall | 14 March, 2019, 06:57

"And we are looking forward to the first woman on the Moon", he said.

The first person to land on Mars will most likely be a woman.

"Stored untouched for approximately 50 years, I'm excited the samples will be opened for the first time to be studied by a new generation of scientists", Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, tweeted on Monday.

NASA's massive new rocket won't be ready for a moon shot next year, the space agency's top official told Congress on Wednesday. According to the agency, women now make up 34 percent of NASA's active astronauts.

The first all-women spacewalk will be happening March 29 as part of National Women's Month, Bridenstine said in the interview. The spaceship became the first commercial spacecraft to dock at the International Space Station. We feel lucky that it [the all-female spacewalk] just sort of happened to be in Women's History Month'.

Apollo 17

Currently, women comprise 34 per cent of its active astronauts, according to the agency.

Pieces of that Lunar Gateway were initially set to launch on an enhanced version of NASA's upcoming Space Launch System rocket, but the budget document suggests a delay in that enhanced SLS development and allows for some components to be launched by commercial rockets. In a scathing report a year ago, NASA's inspector general found that the SLS program would require a massive amount of additional funding that could double the cost of the project to almost $9 billion.

"Certainly there are opportunities to utilize commercial capabilities to launch the Orion crew capsule and the European Service Module around the moon by June of 2020, which was our originally stated objective", Bridenstine told Sen.

Amanda Hendrix, a Planetary Science Institute senior scientist and lead author of the paper, said in the press release said, "These results aid in understanding the lunar water cycle and will ultimately help us learn about the accessibility of water that can be used by humans in future missions to the moon".

Forget everything you've learned about men and Mars. But the agency is just now "understanding how hard this project is and that it is going to take some additional time", he said, adding that second launch of Orion with a crew should still belong to SLS. The spending plan also opens the door for using commercial rockets to deliver the first elements of the global Gateway space platform to lunar orbit.

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