Will the next moon landing be delayed? House of Representatives bill wants NASA to push the launch until 2028
Will the next moon landing be delayed? The bill proposed by the Chamber wants NASA to push the launch to 2028 instead of 2024, which allows a greater focus on the Mars mission in 2033
- The Chamber proposed that NASA change the moon landing from 2024 to 2028
- They want NASA to focus more on bringing humans to Mars by 2033
- NASA officials are worried and want to use the moon to develop more skills
- The bill also wants NASA to take full possession of the lunar landing module
NASA has quickly followed its efforts to get the first woman and the next man out on the moon by 2024, but a new House bill could put a brake on its timeline.
The House of Representatives Science, Space and Technology Commission presented a bill last week that suggests the US space agency aims at 2028, to focus on the mission to Mars in 2033.
The bill also urges NASA to have ‘full ownership’ of the lunar landing module, instead of partnering with other companies to build the ship.
However, NASA officials are concerned that “the bill imposes some significant restrictions on our approach to lunar exploration,” since the moon landing will act as a springboard and allow astronauts to develop the necessary skills before heading. to the Red Planet.
The bill, designated HR 5666 and presented by Representative Kendra Horn (D-Okla.), Chair of the committee’s space subcommittee, refers to the “Moon to Mars Program” and sets the timeline for 2028, which was the original release date to the moon.
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The House of Representatives Science, Space and Technology Committee presented a bill last week that suggests that NASA aims for 2028 for the moon landing (artist impression), in order to focus on the mission to Mars in 2033 .
However, in March last year, Vice President Mike Pence said NASA should aim to achieve the goal of returning people to the moon by 2024 “by any means necessary.”
And that is what the US space agency set out to do, but the new bill could affect the plans.
“The goal of the nation’s human space exploration should be to send humans to the surface of Mars,” reads a 102-page document statement.
“Reducing the risk and demonstrating the capabilities and operations necessary to support a human mission to Mars may require human exploration of the cislunar neighborhood and the lunar surface,” the document adds.
However, NASA administrator Jim Bridensteine has some reservations about the new proposal.
However, NASA officials are concerned that “the bill imposes some significant restrictions on our approach to lunar exploration,” since the moon landing (impression of the artist) will act as a springboard and allow astronauts to develop skills needed before heading to the Red Planet
“NASA is fully committed to a lunar exploration program that supports and allows human missions to Mars,” he wrote in a statement.
“If we are going to achieve this goal, we will need the flexibility to quickly develop the technical experience using the Moon and to fully involve commercial and international partners.”
“We believe that the concerns of the bill to limit activities on the Moon could be counterproductive.”
‘If we are going to explore Mars in a safe and sustainable way, we will need a strong capacity to use resources on site and significant technological development using the Moon’s surface. NASA would appreciate more flexibility to define the lunar surface activities that can contribute directly to Mars’ exploration.
He also expressed concern about NASA’s obligation to have full ownership of the rocket that will take astronauts to the moon.
“We are concerned that the bill’s approach to developing a human landing system as government ownership and direction is ineffective,” he explained.
“The approach established by the bill would inhibit our ability to develop a flexible architecture that leverages the full range of national capabilities (government and private sector) to achieve national goals.”
“NASA would appreciate the opportunity to work with the Committee to develop a language that supports a broader national and international effort that maximizes progress towards our shared exploration objectives through the efficient application of our available resources.”
WHAT IS THE ARTEMIS MISSION OF NASA TO THE MOON?
Artemis was the twin sister of Apollo and the goddess of the moon in Greek mythology.
NASA chose her to personify her way back to the Moon, which will see astronauts return to the lunar surface by 2024, including the first woman and the next man.
Artemis 1, formerly Exploration Mission-1, is the first in a series of increasingly complex missions that will allow human exploration to the Moon and Mars.
Artemis 1 will be the first integrated flight test of NASA’s deep space exploration system: the Orion spacecraft, the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and ground systems at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Artemis 1 will be an unmanned flight that will provide a basis for the exploration of deep human space and demonstrate our commitment and ability to extend human existence to the Moon and beyond.
During this flight, the spacecraft will launch into the world’s most powerful rocket and fly farther than any spacecraft built for humans has ever flown.
It will travel 280,000 miles (450,600 km) from Earth, thousands of miles beyond the Moon during a mission of approximately three weeks.
Artemis 1, formerly Exploration Mission-1, is the first in a series of increasingly complex missions that will allow human exploration to the Moon and Mars. This graphic explains the different stages of the mission.
Orion will remain in space longer than any astronaut ship without docking at a space station and will return home faster and hotter than ever.
With this first exploration mission, NASA is leading the next steps of human exploration in deep space where astronauts will build and begin testing the systems near the Moon necessary for missions to the lunar surface and exploration to other destinations farther from Earth, including Mars.
They will take the crew on a different trajectory and test Orion’s critical systems with humans on board.
The SLS rocket will go from an initial configuration capable of sending more than 26 metric tons to the Moon, to a final configuration that can send at least 45 metric tons.
Together, Orion, SLS and the ground systems in Kennedy will be able to meet the most challenging needs of the mission of the crew and the cargo in deep space.
Finally, NASA seeks to establish a sustainable human presence on the Moon by 2028 as a result of the Artemis mission.
The space agency hopes that this colony will discover new scientific discoveries, demonstrate new technological advances and establish the basis for private companies to build a lunar economy.