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Tech & Science SpaceX picked to launch upcoming NASA moon mission

06:11  05 october  2019
06:11  05 october  2019 Source:   cnet.com

NASA chief says security needed to explore space safely

  NASA chief says security needed to explore space safely The head of NASA said Wednesday that space security is necessary so that the United States, Japan and others can safely explore the moon and Mars. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine also said during his Tokyo visit that he wants to take the U.S. space partnership with Japan to a new level by stepping up cooperation by going to the moon and eventually to Mars together.But he said that will be possible only if space is kept a safe place."NASA fully supports the idea of space security," he said.Japan and the U.S. have long cooperated in space science, including the ongoing International Space Station program.

Elon Musk's SpaceX seems to be a popular choice for private missions to the moon that need a lift. The idea is to send a number of robotic missions to the moon to perform science experiments and test new technologies in advance of NASA 's planned return to the lunar surface with astronauts as soon

The SpaceX Moon mission launch could happen sooner than expected as Elon Musk’s space company is said to be the frontrunner of NASA ’s This opening the door for SpaceX to win a pair of potentially lucrative launch contracts. He said that the SLS spacecraftis multibillion-dollar rocket

a close up of a snow covered mountain: A rendering of Intuitive Machines' Nova-C on the moon. Intuitive Machines© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. A rendering of Intuitive Machines' Nova-C on the moon. Intuitive Machines

Elon Musk's SpaceX seems to be a popular choice for private missions to the moon that need a lift.

Houston-based Intuitive Machines will use SpaceX's workhorse Falcon 9 rocket to launch a Nova-C lander that's heading to the moon in 2021, the companies said Wednesday.

A Falcon 9 was also used to launch the Israeli Beresheet spacecraft for its moon mission earlier this year, but the lander suffered a crash landing on the lunar surface.

NASA chief throws shade at SpaceX ahead of Elon Musk's Starship update

  NASA chief throws shade at SpaceX ahead of Elon Musk's Starship update Jim Bridenstine appears to question SpaceX's enthusiasm for NASA's Commercial Crew program aimed at getting astronauts to the ISS.Bridenstine dropped an unexpected statement on Twitter on Friday, writing, "I am looking forward to the SpaceX announcement tomorrow. In the meantime, Commercial Crew is years behind schedule. NASA expects to see the same level of enthusiasm focused on the investments of the American taxpayer. It's time to deliver.

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Space Systems Loral took on that responsibility, signing up rideshare broker Spaceflight Inc. of Seattle, Washington, which then secured Israel’s 600-kilogram Beresheet lander The launch was SpaceX ’s second of the year, following a January launch for satellite operator Iridium. Israel headed to the moon .

Intuitive Machines, which specializes in autonomous systems, and its Nova-C will make the trip to the moon to do work for NASA. The company is one of several selected by the space agency for its Commercial Lunar Payload Services program. The idea is to send a number of robotic missions to the moon to perform science experiments and test new technologies in advance of NASA's planned return to the lunar surface with astronauts as soon as 2024.

A rendering of Intuitive Machines' Nova-C on the moon.© CNET

A rendering of Intuitive Machines' Nova-C on the moon.

Intuitive Machines says Nova-C can carry at least 220 pounds (100 kg) of cargo to the lunar surface. It is set to carry five NASA payloads to the moon and transmit scientific data from those experiments back to Earth for about two weeks.

The company said it also has room for payloads from other customers for its 2021 mission, so if there's something you'd like to send to the moon, act fast.

NASA and Elon Musk make up over astronaut-flying spat .
Musk and NASA chief Jim Bridenstine got on the same page about returning human spaceflight to the US.The US government has not flown humans into orbit since 2011, when the space shuttle was retired, and in 2014 it hired SpaceX and Boeing to build and operate replacement vehicles that will ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.

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