"This contract secures Orion production through the next decade, demonstrating NASA's commitment to establishing a sustainable presence at the Moon to bring back new knowledge and prepare for sending astronauts to Mars", said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. Projects like the James Webb Space Telescope, being built by Northrop Grumman, have ended up costing many times their original budgets, and NASA has not only paid for the shortcomings of its contractors, but routinely awarded performance bonuses despite those companies falling well behind schedule.
The previously planned Artemis 1 and 2 will in one case become unmanned, and as for the second, the tour should go past the moon, but not go down for landing.
The final event of the day was a speaking engagement at the University of Tokyo, where Bridenstine spoke to approximately 300 students and members of the media about the Artemis program and the importance of global partnerships in the US -led effort to return to the Moon by 2024.
Following that, another six capsules may be ordered.
For the doubters, this is it: the production line has been set in motion for the first mission to put astronauts on the Moon since Apollo 17 in December 1972.
NASA is now on an incredibly ambitious timetable to send the new crewed missions to the moon by 2024.
NASA won't be paying for all of the capsules up front, and by ordering them in batches of three at a time, it can spread out the cost over multiple budgets. The staggered approach lets NASA take advantage of improvements in the supply chain to lower costs.
The Orion capsule must be able to bring astronauts to the Moon and back, and it must also be capable of traveling to Mars and beyond.
A dozen Orions doesn't specifically mean a round dozen Artemis missions are on the cards, though. NASA has partnered with the European Space Agency (ESA) to produce service modules for Orion. Artemis II will be the first crewed mission when it orbits the moon in 2022 or 2023.
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There are a lot of x-factors when it comes to the flu, but there are some known changes as the upcoming season approaches. Angie Wehrkamp lost her two-year-old daughter Gianna in 2015 to the flu after not receiving the vaccine.
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Johnson told reporters in NY that he "strongly disagreed" with the court decision but said he would respect it. Prior to leaving for NY and before the verdict, Johnson himself did all he could to lower expectations.
Trump administration officials earlier this month announced plans to remove flavored e-cigarette products from the market. The Kern County Public Health Department has confirmed the county's first vaping-related illness.
Both United Auto Workers and General Motors representatives are reportedly preparing for a long strike that began over a week ago. A worker holds a picket sign during a demonstration outside a General Motors facility in Langhorne, Pa., Monday.
Fifa itself has faced growing criticism, with people calling for the body to suspend or ban Iran's football federation. Iran is scheduled to play Cambodia in a 2022 World Cup qualifier on October 10 at Azadi Stadium in Tehran .
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