NASA transfers the project of the near-moon station and concentrates on landing on the moon


It seems that the American Space Agency has seriously set out to land its astronauts on our natural satellite no later than 2024. On March 13, NASA Deputy Director Douglas Loverro said that he was working to remove all possible risks that could become an obstacle to the implementation of the Artmis program.


In this regard, the launch of the Gateway near-moon station was removed from the list of priority tasks. According to the functionary, for the first (short-term) mission of American astronauts, it will not be required. However, there is a high probability that Gateway creation is behind schedule, which could adversely affect Artmis as a whole. At the same time, Loverro emphasized that NASA does not refuse to build a lunar station, which will undoubtedly be needed for subsequent long-term missions.

In addition, the day before it became known about the end of the testing process of the Orion spacecraft, developed by Lockheed Martin and designed to send astronauts to the moon. The device passed a series of thermal checks and a test of the operability of electronics in conditions of external electromagnetic action.

Despite the fact that it was originally planned to test the ship for 4 months, experts coped with the task ahead of schedule. Orion has successfully passed all of the above checks and will now be sent to the Kennedy Space Center (Florida) for further testing.
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  1. 123 Offline
    123 (123) 16 March 2020 14: 24
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    Vague doubts torment me that someone is going to fly at all. Since there is little practical sense in flight, all the more short-term. There remains propaganda, “make America again” ....., and for the next election in 2024. I suppose. after the 2020 elections, the hype will subside. Well, and an attempt to drag Russia into China in the race, for without rivals what is this victory? I wonder if Putin and comrade Xi announce that the moon is yesterday and they, for example, are focusing on Mars, how will this affect the program? smile
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    Bulanov (Vladimir) 16 March 2020 15: 47
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    And when the whole flock flew to winter south, one small but proud bird said: "Personally, I will fly right in the sun" ...