Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Designing Large Lunar Lander

Jeff Bezos Blue Origin Designing Large Lunar Lander

NASA, Israel Space Agency Sign Agreement for Commercial Lunar Cooperation

The NASA-led program will see the two space agencies build a lunar satellite much like the International Space Station (ISS) that can home astronauts and will orbit the moon.

Lockheed's vehicle would be be twice as tall as the Lunar Module used during the Apollo missions to the Moon almost half a century ago, reports Ars Technica, which carried two astronauts for brief stints of just a few days.

'This lander could be used to establish a surface base, deliver scientific or commercial cargo, and conduct extraordinary exploration of the Moon'. Leveraging tech from the aerospace giant's Orion spacecraft for deep-space missions, the 14-meter, single-stage vessel can camp for up to 14 days on the moon. According to a lunar mineralogical map released by NASA past year, water is present nearly everywhere on the moon's surface, albeit in minute amounts.

"The Gateway is key to full, frequent and fast reusability of this lander", said in a statement Tim Cichan, the space exploration architect at Lockheed Martin Space who presented the lander concept at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC).

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On domestic affairs, Kim said her party would mainly work on issues related to employment, real estate and small businesses. Nauert said the stops in Japan, South Korea and China were meant to brief counterparts on the Pyongyang talks.

"I'm thrilled to extend progress in commercial cooperation we've made in low-Earth orbit to the lunar environment with this new agreement with the Israel Space Agency and SpaceIL", NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said.

An artist's conception shows Blue Origin's Blue Moon lander on the lunar surface. In an August speech, Vice President Mike Pence made clear that returning to the Moon is a top priority for the US, an objective previously put forth by the Trump administration.

The VP also described the mighty Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft that will be used to carry USA astronauts on epic missions over the coming years. First of all, Gateway needs to be deployed, and for this happen NASA needs to launch the Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket humans have ever built. "The next logical step in this path is a return to the Moon". An excursion to the Red Planet could have some serious health effects - and researchers are asking NASA to hold off on any big space missions until they know more.

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