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Core Stage of SLS Rocket for Lunar Mission Nears Completion

NASA and Boeing have assembled 80 percent of the core stage of the Space Launch System rocket to bring the Orion spacecraft to the moon as part of the Artemis 1 mission. The agency said Monday that the milestone comes after crews connected the hydrogen fuel tank to the SLS core stage’s upper part, which consists of the intertank, liquid oxygen propellant tank and the forward skirt housing the rocket’s flight computers.

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Trump Asks Congress for Additional $1.6B NASA Funding to Support Moon Mission

President Trump wants to give NASA an additional $1.6 billion in fiscal year 2020 to support the mission to return humans to the moon's surface by 2024, Reuters reported Tuesday. The request comes as the administration expects an increase for the costs of the lunar mission after Vice President Mike Pence announced a shorter timeline for the project, which was originally planned for 2028. 

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Jim Bridenstine on NASA’s Near Earth Object Detection Efforts

NASA Administrator and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Jim Bridenstine said the agency needs to ramp up efforts to detect and identify near-Earth objects that could pose an impact risk, SpaceNews reported Monday. “We’re only about a third of the way there and the law that has been passed says that NASA is required to be able to detect, track and characterize not just one third but 90 percent of them, which means we have to use our systems, use our capabilities, to ultimately get a lot more data, and we have to do it faster,” he said Monday during his keynote speech at the Planetary Defense Conference in Maryland.

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Report: NASA Mulls Cooperation on Future Russian Lunar Missions

Jim Green, director of NASA‘s planetary science division, has said that the space agency is in talks with Russian officials about potential cooperation on Russia’s future lunar missions, Space News reported Friday. Russia aims to launch a series of missions to the moon from 2019 through 2024, including the Luna-25 lander, Luna-26 …

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White House to Ask FAA to Oversee Asteroid Mining, Lunar Surface Missions; George Nield Comments

The White House has proposed a “mission authorization” framework that would allow the Federal Aviation Administration to oversee asteroid mining, transportation of payloads to the lunar surface and other emerging commercial space missions, Space News reported Monday. Jeff Foust writes the White House’s office of science and technology policy included …

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