Pieces of that Lunar Gateway were initially set to launch on an enhanced version of NASA's upcoming Space Launch System rocket, but the budget document suggests a delay in that enhanced SLS development and allows for some components to be launched by commercial rockets. The Coalition for Deep Space Exploration and its member companies strongly support forward-leaning efforts to speed human return to the Moon.
Up until the last decade, scientists thought the Moon was arid, with any water existing mainly as pockets of ice in permanently shaded craters near the poles.
Boeing is using more than 1,000 subcontractors in 43 U.S. states to get the job done.
"NASA is committed to making sure that we have a broad and diverse set of talent", he said.
"In fact, it's likely to be a woman, the first next person on the Moon", Bridenstine said. Based in Washington D.C., the Coalition engages in outreach and education reinforcing the value and benefits of human space exploration and space science with the public and our nation's leaders, building lasting support for a long-term, sustainable and strategic direction for our nation's space program. Instead of launching Orion on a trajectory straight to the moon, it would look at the possibility of flying it to orbit around the Earth.
After almost 50 years of careful storage and being left untouched, NASA says it will finally study lunar samples that were collected during the legendary Apollo missions. "We want robots and landers and rovers".
However, the water observed by the LAMP instrument does not decrease when the Moon is shielded by the Earth and the region influenced by its magnetic field, suggesting water builds up over time, rather than "raining" down directly from the solar wind.
Team lead Kees Welten of the University of California Berkeley and his researchers will study the effects of meteorites and micrometeorites head-butting the moon.
Bridentstine said there is much to explore on the moon including the massive amounts of ice that can be useful for water, air and propulsion. "While I agree that the delay in the SLS launch schedule is unacceptable", Shelby said, "I firmly believe that SLS should launch the Orion".
Nasa has been working hard to try and develop the technology needed to send humans to Mars in the 2030s. While a manned flight to Mars remains a long way off, Trump's budget proposal includes plans for developing the first helicopter to fly on that planet.