NASA to study previously unopened Apollo sample

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Boeing delivered a proposal to NASA for a crewed lunar lander to fly astronauts to the moon as a part of the company's Artemis program.

"The target listed here is to guarantee that, once we land on the Moon in 2024, there continues to be action to build up a sustained existence", the source reported. The new invoice is meant as a more expansive look at of place policy, and it encompasses the Trump administration's Artemis System to land humans on the Moon. This Block 1B rocket will be the principal ride for Boeing's moon lander.

Parachute deployment has been among the top technical challenges both companies have faced that have raised questions over crew safety and pressured launch schedules. According to the company, the robots, which are basically lunar rovers with legs, will be launched to the Moon in about two years.

According to the space agency, it would take it six to eight years for it to develop its own spaceflight hardware.

Boeing added: "This approach reduces the complexity and risk of sending multiple segments to orbit on multiple launches, enabling a crewed lunar surface landing with only five mission critical events instead of the 11 or more required by alternate strategies".

It argues the lander's flexible design allows for the fastest path to lunar flights while providing a robust platform that can perform NASA's full range of exploration missions.

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Artemis has several components including the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway, a space station around the moon that would be accessed by the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle created to take astronauts beyond Earth orbit and capable of carrying up to six astronauts. For instance, the lander can carry itself from the Moon's orbit to the surface - eliminating the need for the "transfer stage" or "space tug". Northrop Gumman is in charge of that stage under the national team's bid. They will also gain a better understanding of how well Apollo tools worked, which will help with tool designs for future lunar missions. Boeing, of course, is super duper confident that it's going to be able to meet NASA's incredibly tight deadlines for the mission, stating in no uncertain terms that the lander will be ready "on time to meet the 2024 mandate".

The thing about Boeing is that the company is one of NASA's biggest partners.

NASA started the ideas for commercial moon lander ideas on September 30, providing companies until this week to submit ideas.

Boeing said Monday it carried out a successful test of its Starliner crew capsule that is supposed to take U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station, even though one of three main parachutes created to ease it back to earth failed to deploy.

It also backs NASA's plans for a space-based infrared survey telescope created to scan the skies for potentially hazardous near-Earth objects, and sets a 2025 launch deadline for that project. Team members, who have long NASA experience and some of whom were part of the original teams to first study Apollo samples, will work with younger team members in a true collaboration between past and present generations of lunar explorers.

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