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Title    NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine Serious About Returning to the Moon
Date    Thursday May 10 2018, @09:52AM
Author    martyb
Topic   
from the Lucy...in-the-sky-with-diamonds? dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=18/05/10/0248227

takyon writes:

NASA chief on Moon return: "This will not be Lucy and the football again"

In 1989, President George H.W. Bush announced the Space Exploration Initiative, a long-range commitment toward the human exploration of deep space, beginning with a return to the Moon. "Major parts of that policy went forward, but establishing permanence on the Moon was abandoned," Bridenstine said Tuesday. Then, in 2004, President George W. Bush announced a bold plan to send humans back to the Moon, where they would learn how to operate in deep space and then go on to Mars. This became the Constellation program. Again, major parts of that policy went forward, Bridenstine said. But NASA abandoned the drive back to the Moon.

Before the US Senate confirmed pilot and former congressman Bridenstine, the Trump administration announced a plan to send humans back to the Moon. "To many, this may sound similar to our previous attempts to get to the Moon," Bridenstine said Tuesday. "However, times have changed. This will not be Lucy and the football again."

How have times changed? During his brief address, Bridenstine listed several technologies that he believes have lowered the cost of a lunar return. These include the miniaturization of electronics that will allow for smaller robotic vehicles, the decreasing costs of launch, private investment in spaceflight, commercial interest in lunar resources, and new ways of government contracting. (Bridenstine did not mention the Space Launch System rocket or the Orion spacecraft).

The speech was only a few minutes long, so I wouldn't read too much into the absence of SLS/Orion. But it's no secret that BFR could deliver 150 metric tons to the Moon or Mars by using in-orbit refueling, vs. a lot less when using the expensive SLS.

Previously:

President Trump Nominates Congressman Jim Bridenstine to Lead NASA
President Trump Signs Space Policy Directive 1
NASA's Acting Administrator to Retire as Nominee Impasse Continues
Senate Narrowly Confirms Trump's Pick to Head NASA
2020s to Become the Decade of Lunar Re-Exploration

Related:

Should We Skip Mars for Now and Go to the Moon Again?
How to Get Back to the Moon in 4 Years, Permanently
After the Falcon Heavy Launch, Time to Defund the Space Launch System?
President Trump Praises Falcon Heavy, Diminishes NASA's SLS Effort
NASA's Chief of Human Spaceflight Rules Out Use of Falcon Heavy for Lunar Station
NASA Cancels Lunar Rover

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Links

  1. "takyon" - https://soylentnews.org/~takyon/
  2. "NASA chief on Moon return: "This will not be Lucy and the football again"" - https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/05/nasa-chief-on-moon-return-this-will-not-be-lucy-and-the-football-again/
  3. "announced a plan" - https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/10/its-official-trump-administration-turns-nasa-back-toward-the-moon/
  4. "BFR" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BFR_(rocket)
  5. "President Trump Nominates Congressman Jim Bridenstine to Lead NASA" - https://soylentnews.org/politics/article.pl?sid=17/09/04/0029226
  6. "President Trump Signs Space Policy Directive 1" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/12/12/1130258
  7. "NASA's Acting Administrator to Retire as Nominee Impasse Continues" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=18/03/12/2322215
  8. "Senate Narrowly Confirms Trump's Pick to Head NASA" - https://soylentnews.org/politics/article.pl?sid=18/04/20/1448222
  9. "2020s to Become the Decade of Lunar Re-Exploration" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=18/04/20/1442238
  10. "Should We Skip Mars for Now and Go to the Moon Again?" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=16/06/08/0247242
  11. "How to Get Back to the Moon in 4 Years, Permanently" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/02/27/1631233
  12. "After the Falcon Heavy Launch, Time to Defund the Space Launch System?" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=18/02/10/0232205
  13. "President Trump Praises Falcon Heavy, Diminishes NASA's SLS Effort" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=18/03/09/0256227
  14. "NASA's Chief of Human Spaceflight Rules Out Use of Falcon Heavy for Lunar Station" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=18/03/28/0829212
  15. "NASA Cancels Lunar Rover" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=18/04/29/148249
  16. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=26522

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