Obama Administration, Steve Clark, Associate Administrator discussed on Progressive Talk Programming


Brain stuff floor involved on here has announced that it has selected a doesn't pay lots of scientific equipment that it plans to fly to the moon on private commercial rockets and landers the missions are planned for later in twenty nineteen aren't really step toward achieving the space agency's over arching goal to send astronauts back to the moon by a commercial space craft in twenty twenty eight this is renewed focus on the moon reflects a late twenty seventeen policy shift by the trump administration which decided that the space agency should return to the moon which was last visited by Apollo seventeen astronaut back in December of nineteen seventy two previously the Obama administration and abandoned a planned lunar mission partly because of cost in favor of focusing upon going to Mars in the twenty thirties we spoke with Steve Clark the deputy associate administrator for exploration and NASA's science mission directorate he explained that the missions flown by commercial winner payload services will include a mixture of scientific instruments and technology demonstrations he said we want to fly mixture as much as we can so they collectively can provide data to the science community and to the folks are designing the next human lander the scientific instruments into the moon will beat Clark said trying to characterize the lunar surface looking for hydrogen molecules and actual traces of water or water ice in the soil and looking for various other elements there on the lunar surface but those studies will do more than just add to our knowledge of earth's natural satellite NASA administrator Jim Breitenstein said in a press release we know there of all the tiles at the polls on the moon and quite frankly that water ice could represent rocket fuel if we have the capacity to generate rocket fuel from the surface of the moon and get them into orbit around the moon we could use that to build a fueling depot on the technology side one payload will include solar energy technology to attempt to advance the engineering of solar cells hopefully making them more efficient the open space missions that are dependent upon solar energy but the work will have applications back on earth as well other technology being tested in most entry descent and landing systems which will help improve the design of future lunar landers including the human lander that eventually will take astronauts to the lunar surface again long range plan also calls for building a lunar orbital station in the twenty twenties which will serve as a platform both for observing the lunar surface in staging manned exploration missions have instruments.

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