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'We want multiple providers that are competing on cost and innovation, Bridenstine said.
After the September 6 incident, Bridenstine said he "had a number of conversations" with the SpaceX founder and believes "you won't be seeing that again". The Apollo astronauts deployed them during their moon landings, but placing additional reflectors on the moon would enable precise measurements of its gravity.
"Today's announcement marks tangible progress in America's return to the Moon's surface to stay", Bridenstine said.
Lunar payloads could fly on these contracted missions as early as 2019.
Buoyed by advanced science and new revelations, Roscosmos has pushed a Moon base to the top of its priorities. The craft will be created to land on the moon, acquire soil samples, and return them to Earth.
"The U.S. return to the moon, and we will make it sooner than you think!" - the report says.
Bridenstine said that a frequent question was whether the culture at NASA and its contractors contributed to those accidents. "That foil collected material from the sun and provided the best measurements of the sun we had for the next 25 years". President Trump signed a directive previous year which ordered the agency to make plans for a lunar return, and today the agency took another step on that journey by announcing a slew of commercial partnerships aimed at getting payloads off the ground and moon-bound.
Nasa engineer and InSight project manager Tom Hoffman points to the first image upon a successful landing by the InSight spacecraft on the planet Mars from the Mission Support area in the Space Flight Operations facility at the Nasa Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California on November 26, 2018.
Since the first introduction people have not been to the moon.
Sending American astronauts into space aboard SpaceX hardware is another, and it appears NASA is going to be a lot more strict about how SpaceX and its CEO behave now that the company is in the midst of building vehicles to carry crew.
NASA's contracts with SpaceX and Boeing, both issued in 2013, require the contractors to "maintain a program for achieving a drug-and alcohol-free workforce". "It is about a colony on the surface of the moon".
NASA sees CLPS as a way to achieve low-priced science at the moon, including work identifying resources that could support future human exploration.
Masten's XL-1 lander has two payload bays with the capacity of delivering an estimated 220 lbs (100 kilograms) of mass to the lunar surface.
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