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NASA Disputes Chronicle Report That NASA Is Reassessing Lunar Surface Plans

April 5, 2015

NASA officials are disputing the Houston Chronicle’s April 3 story that NASA is “quietly” reassessing the need for missions to the lunar surface before traveling to Mars.  Chronicle science reporter Eric Berger wrote that “senior NASA engineers” are involved in the reassessment, but NASA officially responded that the agency continues to plan only for operations in cis-lunar space.

Berger’s article quotes NASA Associate Administrator for Human Spaceflight Bill Gerstenmaier discussing the advantages of producing fuel from lunar resources (called in-situ resource utilization or ISRU) to propel astronauts to Mars.  Berger characterizes Gerstenmaier as favoring lunar surface missions, saying he “appears to be steering the agency back toward a program that would more fully utilize the moon” as part of NASA’s “Evolvable Mars Campaign” that lays out the steps to landing humans on the Martian surface.

Source: www.spacepolicyonline.com

NASA is denying it is working on anything. A week ago they contradicted a Russian space official who stated that Russia was working with NASA on plans for a new space station to replace the ISS when it is deorbited in 2024. Now they deny that any of their people are even thinking about doing anything on the moon. 

 

Makes you wonder what they ARE doing.

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