First person on Mars 'likely to be a woman', Nasa says

14 March, 2019, 07:48 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • NASA spotted hopping liquid water on Moon’s surface

"Lunar water can potentially be used by humans to make fuel or to use for radiation shielding or thermal management; if these materials do not need to be launched from Earth, that makes these future missions more affordable". The Apollo missions returned samples of moon rocks and soil for further study on Earth.

"These are important new results about lunar water, a hot topic as our nation's space program returns to a focus on lunar exploration", said LAMP principal investigator Dr. Kurt Retherford, also from Southwest Research Institute.

Bridenstine responded "absolutely" to a question from a Twitter user who asked whether women will be included in the agency's next trip to the moon.

The announcement was a blow for Boeing, one of the prime contractors on the SLS rocket, as it was facing serious repercussions in the wake of the crashes involving its 737 Max 8 airplane.

It's still a long way from happening but when the first person does step on the red planet, they are "likely to be" a woman according to the head of NASA, Jim Bridenstine.


A test expected to take place in June will put the Orion crew capsule's safety measures through their paces.

That core preserves not just the rocks but also the stratigraphy from below the surface so today's scientists can, in a laboratory, study the rock layers exactly as they existed on the Moon, NASA said.

Testifying before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Bridenstine said that NASA has a history of not meeting its schedules and he is trying to change that. "Some of those options would include launching the Orion crew capsule and European Service Module on a commercial rocket". "I'm talking human-rated landers, compatible with Gateway, that can go back and forth to the surface of the moon".

Without the SLS, NASA would be forced to purchase two heavy-lift vehicle launches and then integrate the Orion with an upper stage in orbit, adding to the cost. To The Moon And Beyond The findings of the studies selected under the program will inform NASA's future mission to the Moon and to Mars in accordance to U.S. President Donald J. Trump's Space Policy Directive-1 signed in December. Funding for the development of the rocket in 2020 will account for $1.7 billion of NASA's budget, down by $375 million from 2019.

He did not say which private company he had in mind, but SpaceX would be a natural candidate with its Falcon Heavy rocket.

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