NASA wants to land on the Moon, after cancelling their rover program

NASA wants to land on the Moon, after cancelling their rover program

NASA wants to land on the Moon, after cancelling their rover program

Resource Prospector instruments will go forward in an expanded lunar surface campaign. He suggested that the closure of the Resource Prospector is due to the fact that the project is incompatible with the budget and priorities of this Department.

"This action is viewed with both incredulity and dismay by our community, especially as the President's Space Policy Directive 1 directs NASA to go to the lunar surface", the group wrote to Bridenstine, in a letter dated April 26.

However, on April 23, the day Bridenstine was sworn into office, the Resource Prospector mission was formally canceled by NASA.

Known as the Resource Prospector (RP), this robotic rover was under development for over a decade, notes a report by PhysOrg. This prompted an outcry from lunar scientists with the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group who have cheered on the Trump administration's proposed return to the Moon. That update doesn't offer any detail about what sort of mission those instruments would be moved to or when it might reach the Moon. Of particular interest to scientists, explorers and commercial space companies is the ice that scientists believe is hidden beneath the Moon's poles.

The cancellation is likely for budgetary reasons, rather than practical ones.

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The rover, which was being designed for lunar missions in the early 2020s, was killed as NASA revealed plans to cultivate "commercial partners" for moon exploration. The agency's fiscal year 2019 budget request, released in February, included no funding for the mission in its Exploration Advanced Systems (EAS) program. The manned moon base will act as a launchpad for missions to Mars and will also explore lunar resources. It was moved into the science program, but its goals don't really fit that directorate. "It's still good science".

NASA issued a statement further clarifying its plans. "We just need to know exactly how much is there".

NASA replied with a declaration posted on the Internet on Friday, according to which some of the devices on the recently-canceled vehicle's board will be used in another future mission, which will be developed for the same objective, namely, the Moon's surface exploration.

Resource Prospector provides for the creation and launch of a lander and a solar generator equipped with a borer.

"Leveraging commercial investment is more cost-effective" than NASA's historic approach to exploration, and is essential to bring about private-public partnership models demanded by the White House, according to Joel Sercel, a commercial-space advocate who runs a startup that works with NASA.

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