NASA’s Deep Space Lunar Gateway

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NASA aims to have a Deep space Gateway up and running in the 2020s. The gateway will be located on Moon and have a crew habitat, a propulsion module and an airlock. However, the gateway will be occupied intermittently, rather than continuously like the ISS.

The gateway will enable a variety of missions in Earth-Moon space, and will even help get dirt and rocks from other planets. The basis will be that, there will be a system that will let astronauts go from the Earth to the Moon gateway. From there, the crew can go anywhere with the existing capabilities. However, there is no concrete plan regarding the gateway at present.

NASA has quite a few missions lined up for the 2020s, such as the launching of SLS and completing it’s flight tests with crew onboard, the NASA OSIRIS-REx mission that is aimed at returning a sample of space rock from the asteroid Bennu, the development of new Space suits for the astronauts to be used in Mars and many more.

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This is amazing. Exploration, especially in Space, has no bounds and is worth taking note of, considering that most of the population might be living outside Earth in the next century or so. And it is always filled with unique findings, and who knows, someday we might be able to make contact with friendly-Aliens.

Space suits yet to be updated after spending millions

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US and it’s space agency NASA want to send it’s astronauts to Mars in the 2030s, however there has been no next-generation space suit technologies in development, even after spending nearly $200 million on the development program.

The White colored suits currently worn by astronauts were developed more than 40 years ago, even though the life-cycle for the suit was meant to be 15 years during it’s production. Most of the suits have been refurbished over the years and have been added with new features like glove warmers, improved helmet cameras and lights.

However, the current suits are facing new problems, like water leaking. In 2013, astronaut Luca Parmitano nearly drowned in the spacesuit because there was water leakage in the helmet he was wearing. Also, out of 18 life-support backpacks (EMU), only 11 are in working condition currently.

The inventory may not be adequate to last through the planned retirement of the ISS in 2024.

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Why NASA? Why can’t you take better care of the people you are sending in space, rather than just being interested in scientific data and images.

Five astronauts assigned to future missions by NASA

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NASA is back again!

This time, NASA has assigned five astronauts for upcoming missions abroad the International Space Station (ISS).

Joe Acaba, Ricky Arnold, Nick Hague, Serena Aunon-Chancellor and Shannon Walker, are the five astronauts who have begun training and will have missions by the end of this year and throughout 2018. Each of the astronauts is to undergo a busy schedule of traning on space station systems and the experiments related to their assignments.

Joe Acaba will be the first to be launched in the Expedition 53 and 54 crews. Walker will be training as a dedicated backup for Acaba.

First time fliers, Nick Hague and Serena Aunon-Chancellor will fall into the standard rotation for NASA astronauts.

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