NASA canceled our first step toward returning humans to the moon

  • NASA canceled our first step toward returning humans to the moon

NASA canceled our first step toward returning humans to the moon

The moon mission consisted of a lander and a solar-powered rover that had a drill.

"I'm a little shocked", he said. At the time, he said the most likely option for flying the mission would be to carry it on a commercial lander, rather than through an worldwide partnership.

Under CLPS, NASA plans to issue multiple indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts to companies capable of delivering payloads to the lunar surface. Scientists already know that there is water ice on the moon, and the Resource Prospector would have given more insight into these deposits and on how they might be used in the future.

The cancellation, first reported by the Verge, troubles many lunar scientists.

This kind of knowledge is important in expanding human presence on the moon.

"This action is viewed with both incredulity and dismay by our community", the group wrote. Scientists were reportedly rocked by the decision, which seems at odds with USA president Donald Trump's Space Policy Directive to send astronauts back to the moon.

Dana Hurley, a planetary scientist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, elaborated on the situation in an interview Friday.

"After a three-day journey from the Earth to the moon, the lander will set down on the lunar surface and deploy a rover carrying the "in-situ resource utilisation" (ISRU) instruments". To launch the Resource Prospector planned in 2022. The Resource Prospector was initially being funded from the Human Exploration and Operations Mission but was later moved to the Science Mission Directorate. A prototype was field tested in 2015 and underwent vacuum and thermal testing the following year.

NASA replied with a declaration posted on the Internet on Friday, according to which some of the devices on the recently-canceled vehicle's board will be used in another future mission, which will be developed for the same objective, namely, the Moon's surface exploration. "We feel that time is of the essence", Neal said. The mission wasn't for science it was to see precede human exploration, according to the LEAG.

"As part of this expanded campaign, selected instruments from Resource Prospector will be landed and flown on the Moon", said NASA. Advocates of lunar exploration say this source of water could provide propellant for exploration missions deeper into the Solar System. And if the results from this prospecting are actually really good, w e could go a long way to setting up sustainable human exploration of Mars.

Importantly, the NASA administrator touted in a tweet yesterday, that the exploration of the moon was important and they would soon be back with a robotic program that would be more aggressive.