Draper Tapped For NASA's 'Space Race' To Go Back To The Moon

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"We've never done anything that fast", said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, which manages the contracts with these firms.

Under Space Policy Directive-1, the agency will lead an innovative and sustainable exploration of the Moon together with commercial and global partners.

"Today's announcement marks tangible progress in America's return to the Moon's surface to stay", Bridenstine said. "What was the culture of our contractors, and were there people that were raising a red flag that we didn't listen to, and ultimately did that culture contribute to the failure and, in those cases, to disaster?" he said.

The goal is to get science and technology experiments to the surface of the moon as soon as possible, and the first flight could be next year. As part of that directive, companies can bid on contracts to develop services to deliver new lunar payloads, through NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services. Through CLPS, Astrobotic will be a 10-year provider of delivery services for NASA payloads to the Moon.

Now, Musk's small stunt on the sets of Joe Rogan's show might have been harmful but that did not go down well on his resume for NASA.

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The US and Russian Federation are taking their fight outside-of Earth's atmosphere. They could also help NASA scout and study potential locations for bases, particularly in the eternally shadowed craters near the moon's poles that are filled with frozen water.

Draper is a not-for-profit which was involved with the Apollo Moon landings.

Two advantages of the partnerships include getting US astronauts back to the moon more quickly and keeping them safer after they arrive. "This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprints - we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars, and perhaps someday, worlds beyond".

Astronaut Stan Love revealed NASA was developing systems for astronaut training. These missions could begin as early as 2019.

'On the moon, there are precious resources, and we want to learn how to use them, and to go back with humans to explore how we can use them'.

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But at a gathering with reporters at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., yesterday (Nov. 29), Bridenstine said he himself got the wheels turning, according to The Atlantic's Marina Koren, who was there. See larger. [Image: NASA] The companies will work in tandem with ongoing NASA lunar exploration.

Earlier this year, NASA shocked scientists by canceling the Resource Prospector mission, the only American lunar rover now in development.

NASA on Thursday named nine USA companies, including Lockheed Martin Corp, that will compete for funding under the space agency's renewed long-term moon program, a private-public undertaking to develop technology that will explore the lunar surface.

The CLPS missions would be the agency's first such partnership in deep space.

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