NASA is returning to the Moon – but they don’t know how

January 9, 2018 by  
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NASA is returning to the Moon . President Donald Trump signed a directive in December to “refocus America’s space program on human exploration and discovery” using the Moon as something of a first step before a mission to Mars . But not everyone is pleased with the idea – and the space agency doesn’t know how they’ll go back. How will NASA return to the Moon? When will they go? How much will it cost? These are questions that are as of yet unanswered. The Washington Post spoke with acting administrator Robert Lightfoot, who said the agency would partner with other countries, but didn’t specify which ones. He also said the effort would be a public-private partnership, but didn’t name any companies. The Washington Post said he offered “no specifics about the architecture of a moon program;” he told them, “We have no idea yet.” Related: Trump signs directive to send astronauts to the Moon and Mars The president’s yearly budget request to Congress could bring more details to light, according to Lightfoot. As for now many specifics are open to speculation – and the agency still doesn’t have a permanent administrator, just another top science position still unfilled in Trump’s administration, according to The Washington Post. Trump nominated United States Representative Jim Bridenstine, a Republican of Oklahoma, in September, but Florida’s two senators Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Bill Nelson criticized the choice. Some people say the top position in NASA – which has received bipartisan support for years – shouldn’t be handed to a politician. Other people expressed frustration the agency’s direction has been changed once again – the third time in this century. Former astronaut Scott Kelly told The Washington Post, “We’re always asked to change directions every time we get a new president, and that just causes you to do negative work, work that doesn’t matter. I just hope someday we’ll have a president that will say, ‘You know what, we’ll just leave NASA on the course they are on, and see what NASA can achieve if we untie their hands.” Via The Washington Post Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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How Scott Kelly’s 340 days in space, and his twin, will help NASA plan future flights

March 7, 2016 by  
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After 340 consecutive days in space and some 1,000 Instagram photos , American astronaut Scott Kelly landed safely in Kazakhstan last week along with two other crew members of the International Space Station. What many didn’t realize before Kelly’s homecoming is that he has an identical twin brother – Mark Kelly, a retired astronaut – and that NASA was particularly keen for his return because of the unique opportunity to study the effects of living in space on the human body. Kelly’s return to Earth has led many to refer to the astronaut as a “walking science experiment,” and essentially, he is. NASA will continue to study Kelly as his body readjusts to life in standard gravity, using measurements from his twin brother as a control. Read the rest of How Scott Kelly’s 340 days in space, and his twin, will help NASA plan future flights

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Accessible sail-shaped viewing tower hovers over the edge of Denmark’s Aarhus harbor

March 7, 2016 by  
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Astronauts sample Thanksgiving “space foods” and everyone loses their appetite

November 25, 2015 by  
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Thanksgiving can be a complicated holiday for those on Earth. Traditionally, it’s intended to be a time to express gratitude for the harvest. In America, it’s also a celebration of colonization – for better or worse. But what do you do when you’re an American living in outer space and the craving for cranberry sauce comes on hard? As it turns out, astronauts at the International Space Station are more than prepared to feast on Thanksgiving – with a little space-age twist, of course. Read the rest of Astronauts sample Thanksgiving “space foods” and everyone loses their appetite

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