NASA’s deep space launch system is ‘coming together’

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"And we're looking forward to the first woman on the Moon".

The most recent rover to be sent by Nasa is called InSight and has been sent to Mars to study marsquakes - that is earthquakes, but on Mars! The water molecules recorded by LAMP likely accumulated over time on the surface of the Moon instead of "raining" down.

Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington, DC, said: "By studying these precious lunar samples for the first time, a new generation of scientists will help advance our understanding of our lunar neighbour and prepare for the next era of exploration of the Moon and beyond".

Nasa administrator - Jim Bridenstine - was a guest on a U.S. science and technology radio show Science Friday, when he made the comment.

The U.S. space agency announced Monday, March 11 that it had selected nine teams to study "pieces of the Moon that have been carefully stored and untouched for almost 50 years".

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Bridenstine said that NASA planners determined last week that the preparations for EM-1 wouldn't make the previously anticipated June 2020 launch date.

And while the NASA Administrator, who was appointed by President Donald Trump a year ago, did not name a specific astronaut he said the agency is "committed to making sure that we have a broad and diverse set of talent". The spacewalk, which is scheduled for March 29, will feature astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch, who will be supported by women on the ground, including NASA flight director Mary Lawrence and CSA control team member Kristen Facciol. We feel lucky that it [the all-female spacewalk] just sort of happened to be in Women's History Month'. Now, women make up 34% of active astronauts at NASA.

Solid rocket boosters for the Space Launch System will be stacked at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.

Bridenstine answered "absolutely" to a question from Twitter when asked if a woman would be headed to the moon in the future.

But NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine told a Senate hearing that the "SLS is struggling to meet its schedule" and won't be ready in time for the EM-1 mission. But the agency is just now "understanding how hard this project is and that it is going to take some additional time", he said, adding that second launch of Orion with a crew should still belong to SLS. New Budget Defers Funding of New Space Launch System One of the casualties of the 2020 budget is the development of an upgraded SLS known as Block 1B version.

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