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Tech & Science NASA wants international partners to go to Moon too

12:30  22 october  2019
12:30  22 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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WASHINGTON - As it looks to return to the Moon , NASA is open to the idea of international participation, which could mean a non-American setting foot on Earth's natural satellite for the first time in history, global space chiefs said Monday.

international partners to go with us to the Moon ," NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine told reporters at the 70th International Astronautical Congress held in Washington. Only once the Gateway is expanded will non-Americans be able to make the journey too . "We are in discussion also with NASA

The US wants to return humans to the Moon by 2024 © Laurent EMMANUEL The US wants to return humans to the Moon by 2024

As it looks to return to the Moon, NASA is open to the idea of international participation, which could mean a non-American setting foot on Earth's natural satellite for the first time in history, global space chiefs said Monday.

"I think there's lots of room on the Moon, and we need all our international partners to go with us to the Moon," NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine told reporters at the 70th International Astronautical Congress held in Washington.

"If we can come to agreements on the contributions of all the nations and how they're going to be a part of the architecture, then certainly I would, I would see that there'd be no reason we can't have all of our international partners with us on the Moon," he added.

NASA astronauts are preparing for the Moon in a big water tank

NASA astronauts are preparing for the Moon in a big water tank NASA astronauts are preparing for the Moon in a big water tank

As it looks to return to the Moon , NASA is open to the idea of international participation, which could mean a non-American setting foot on Earth's natural satellite for the first time in history, global space chiefs said Monday.

“I think there’s lots of room on the Moon , and we need all our international partners to go with us to the Moon ,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine told reporters at the 70th International Astronautical Congress held in Washington. “If we can come to agreements on the contributions of all the nations

The Americans are developing a spacecraft (Orion) and a mini space station (Gateway) that will remain in lunar orbit, which will in theory be used for a first crewed mission in 2024, Artemis 3.

Only one element of the mission will be produced outside the US: the Orion service module that will supply it with electricity, propulsion, thermal control, air and water in space and is being delivered by the European Space Agency (ESA).

Only once the Gateway is expanded will non-Americans be able to make the journey too.

"We are in discussion also with NASA, so that we have European astronauts on the surface of the Moon -- this is of course the European intention," said Jan Worner, head of the ESA, at the same press conference.

"2024 is for sure something which is purely American," he later told AFP. For Europeans, it could be "2027, 2028, something like that."

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.

I think there´s lots of room on the Moon , and we need all our international partners to go with us to the Moon , NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said at the 70th International For its part, Japan also wants to take advantage of the new US program to write a new chapter in its own history.

As it looks to return to the Moon , NASA is open to the idea of international participation, which could mean a non-American “I think there’s lots of room on the Moon , and we need all our international partners to go with us to the Moon ,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine told reporters at the 70th

For its part, Japan also wants to take advantage of the new US program to write a new chapter in its own history.

"It's a very simple question to me because JAXA would like to send Japanese astronauts to the surface of the Moon," said Hiroshi Yamakawa, president of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

The building of the ISS in the late 1990s and 2000s appeared to usher in a new era of space cooperation between the US and Russia following the Cold War, but this time around, Washington is in no mood to work with geopolitical rivals.

Specifically, the US Congress has explicitly prohibited any cooperation with China, the world's biggest economy and an emerging space power.

During his speech inaugurating the weeklong conference, Vice President Mike Pence repeated seven times that the US wanted to work with "freedom-loving nations."

Here’s what a NASA Moon lander might look like .
NASA wants to send humans back to the Moon, and it hopes to achieve that goal by 2024. Whether or not such a mission is possible on such an abbreviated timeline remains to be seen, but the space agency is slowly moving forward with its lunar exploration projects and just offered the world a glimpse at what a rover-carrying lunar lander might look like.Before astronauts make the trip, NASA wants to send multiple unmanned missions to the Moon to return scientific data. NASA hopes that one of those missions will include a lander and a rover, and it’s been hashing out the details of what that might look like.

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