Feb 27 2017
The space agency's human exploration chief said today that his boss and the Trump administration asked for the feasibility study.
Initiated in 2011 to take the place of the over-budget and behind-schedule Constellation program as a shuttle replacement, the new super rocket SLS is now scheduled to fly its maiden Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1) in late 2018 or early 2019, launching an Orion space capsule on a trajectory that would take it around the moon and back to Earth.
Under the current plan, a crewed SLS mission will follow with EM-2 sometime between 2021 and 2023.
NASA normally tests rockets without people on board, with a lone exception being the space shuttle debut flight of 1981 that carried two pilots on board. "This is an assessment and not a decision as the primary mission for EM-1 remains an un-crewed flight test", he further added. "We might lose the mission, but we could still protect the crew", he said.
NASA is investigating hardware changes associated with the system that will be needed if crew are to be added to EM-1. Moving up the timeline will require additional resources to develop and test multiple new systems at once, from life support to emergency escape capabilities. NASA plans to send the spacecraft into a distant lunar retrograde orbit during the first mission of SLS and Orion. The new EM 1 - 2 hybrid mission would likely fall somewhere between the two dates originally proposed.
Under that plan, Gerstenmaier said, almost three years are needed between an unmanned flight test and a crewed mission to make launch platform changes at Kennedy Space Center. "We also recognize we'll need to add some additional funding".
Under former President Barack Obama, the USA space agency was working on the heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket and Orion deep-space capsule with the aim of sending astronauts to rendezvous with an asteroid in the mid-2020s, followed by a human expedition to Mars in the 2030s.
After discussions with NASA leadership, Sanders said "the panel has confidence in the approach that NASA is taking for this assessment", and was not pre-judging its outcome.
Quartz writer Tim Fernholz raises another question: Is this the best use of taxpayers dollars, given the rise of private space companies? Echoing that sentiment was William Hill, a deputy associate administrator: "We will let the identified risk and benefits drive this, as well as the data".
NASA will finalize its report in a month.
Feb 27 2017
Ibrahimovic scores Man Utd's victor in League Cup final
That may spell bad news for Wayne Rooney, who is back in full training after a three-week absence with a hamstring injury. Is Juan Mata the Premier League's most underrated player? "We were playing and travelling". "I came, that's special".
Feb 26 2017
Ex-labor secretary Tom Perez elected DNC chair
And so far, Democratic leaders said, people are calling local party headquarters and volunteering to help. Progressive activists said the outcome would be representative of their standing within the party.
Feb 25 2017
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe turns 93 with lavish birthday party
In the interview with state media, Mugabe also described his wife Grace, an increasingly political figure, as "fireworks" because of her feisty remarks in his defense.
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Feb 21 2017
Portal, Half-Life 2 co-writer Erik Wolpaw has left Valve
Along with no official announcement from Valve, there's now no statement from Wolpaw on why he left. Wolpaw's credits include Half-Life 2: Episodes 1 and 2, Portal and both Left 4 Dead games.
Feb 20 2017
Darrelle Revis turns himself in to Pittsburgh authorities
New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is in legal trouble after a confrontation last Sunday on the streets of Pittsburgh. According to the police statement, " At some point , Revis snatched the cellphone away and attempted to delete the video".
Feb 19 2017
Blind Jersey City sheik suspected in '93 WTC bombing dies in prison
Abdel-Rahman, a blind sheik from Egypt, spread his poison of jihadist and anti-American ideology for decades. Abdel-Rahman also preached his jihadi rhetoric at mosques in Jersey City, N.J., where he lived for a time.
Feb 18 2017
Deutsche Telekom May Get Control of Sprint, In Merger
The last time that merger talks were underway, SoftBank was the pursuer, looking to acquire T-Mobile. In fact, Deutsche Telekom isn't even willing to give up control of T-Mobile like they were in 2014.
Feb 18 2017
Spain's Princess Cristina acquitted, husband jailed
King Juan Carlos I abdicated in 2014 under pressure for, among other things, going on an elephant hunting trip to Botswana. She took the stand in her defense in March 2016, saying she "didn't concern herself" with her husband's business affairs.
Feb 18 2017
Keystone Developer Seeks Route Approval Through Nebraska
Trump said he also would seek "a better deal" for the Keystone XL, including use of US steel in its construction. The debate and controversy over the Keystone XL pipeline officially returned to Nebraska on Thursday.
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