NASA to study moon samples brought back by Apollo missions

NASA to study moon samples brought back by Apollo missions

NASA to study moon samples brought back by Apollo missions

Jim Bridenstine was a guest on the science and technology radio show "Science Friday", when he teased that a woman is "likely to be" the first person on Mars.

While Bridenstine did not identify a specific person, he said that women are at the forefront of the U.S. space agency's upcoming plans. "It's also true that the first person on Mars is likely to be a woman". "These samples were deliberately saved so we can take advantage of today's more advanced and sophisticated technology to answer questions we didn't know we needed to ask", Lori Glaze, acting director of NASA's Planetary Science Division, said in a statement.

The budget - $500m (£380m) less than previous year - will "continue building the key components of the exploration campaign that will send astronauts to the moon and beyond", NASA said. Anne McClain, a NASA astronaut and Expedition 58 crew member on the ISS, echoed this by saying that Crew Dragon marks the opening of the next chapter in space exploration.

NASA announced last week that it's planning for the first all-female spacewalk later this month, which is coincidentally Women's History Month. Jackie Kagey will be the lead spacewalk flight controller.

Women now comprise 34% of active NASA astronauts, the agency confirmed.

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.

A new $21 billion 2020 budget marks almost a six per cent increase from last year's.

'This time, when we go to the Moon, we will stay.

"The president has given us Space Policy Directive 1, which says to go back to the moon, and we're going to do that in short order - maybe even in 2019, but at least by 2020 - with commercial lunar payload services that are going to be funded through the Science Mission Directorate, and all of this is going to be possible because we're looking at going fast", Bridenstine said.

Forget everything you've learned about men and Mars.

NASA offered a rough timeline of when it expects to actually see the two spacecraft head skyward, with an unmanned test flight tentatively scheduled for 2020 and a manned mission around the Moon slated to take place by 2023.

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