As the coronavirus rages, NASA is making strides toward its ambitious goal to launch astronauts to the surface of the Moon in the next four years.
The big picture: NASA’s 2024 Artemis Moon mission is the Trump administration’s tentpole civil space policy expected to challenge geopolitical rivals like China for supremacy in space.
What’s happening: NASA last week announced it is awarding three companies millions of dollars to continue work to build human lander systems expected to bring people to the Moon’s surface.
Yes, but: While certain parts of the Artemis program are moving ahead, other parts of the space agency’s plans have been put on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Jupiter’s moon Europa — with its icy shell and subsurface ocean — has long sparked the imaginations of scientists and science fiction writers alike.
What’s new: Newly reprocessed images first taken in the 1990s by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft show the moon’s “chaos terrain” in new relief.
NASA and Tom Cruise are in talks to shoot a movie onboard the International Space Station, the space agency’s administrator Jim Bridenstine confirmed in a tweet Tuesday.
Why it matters: NASA has been looking for new ways to try to commercialize the space station, and filming a movie on location in orbit could be one way to do just that.
The economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic will likely make the U.S. space industry even more focused on government money and funding —and potentially set back advancements toward commercializing the industry.
Why it matters: For over 10 years, the space industry has been making strides to diversify its base of customers away from just government entities to more commercial customers and industries.
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