The Space Launch System rocket and Orion crew capsule are both "coming together", according to NASA.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration will decide how to proceed for an uncrewed test flight as soon as this month, he said. Bridenstine, however, insisted that the shift for EM-1 was part of a strategy for making sure a follow-up flight that would send astronauts around the moon, known as Exploration Mission 2 or EM-2, wouldn't face even further delays.
Some of the SLS' critics (and defenders) might see the move as one more step toward canceling the multibillion-dollar, oft-delayed rocket development project.More news: Verizon launches 5G in Chicago, Minneapolis at $10 extra cost
Six of the nine teams will look at one of the three remaining lunar samples, from Apollo missions 15, 16, and 17, which have never been exposed to Earth's atmosphere, NASA said.
NASA's Orion spacecraft, which is powered by the European Service Module, will transport astronauts to the Gateway by giving the crewed vehicle a final push to inject it into translunar orbit. Orion would have to dock with the upper stage in orbit around Earth, before heading to the moon. "These samples were deliberately saved so we can take advantage of today's more advanced and sophisticated technology to answer questions we didn't know we needed to ask", she said.More news: After Closed Meeting, Nadler Makes New Claims About Whitaker's DOJ Conduct
Wicker pointed out that it is 2019 already, but Bridenstine insisted that "here is the glory of the United States of America". Under Constellation, NASA was building a different set of rockets, Ares I and Ares V, and a crew capsule, Orion. However, NASA's Stephanie Schierholz said that it was just good fortune that it worked out that way, especially that it falls within the Women's History Month.
He did not specify which private company he had in mind, but SpaceX - founded by billionaire Elon Musk - would be a natural candidate with its Falcon Heavy rocket. 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.
In the end, Congress will have to decide whether to pass the space budget as is or request changes that would preserve the SLS program's place in upcoming missions.More news: THE PLAYERS Championship preview