. The Lunar Orbital Platform - Gateway (LOP-G)

Apollo 13: Houston, We've Got a Problem

Apollo 13: Houston, We've Got a Problem - National Archives and Records Administration - ARC Identifier 1155023 / Local Identifier 255-HQa-200 - National Aeronautics and Space Administration. (10/01/1958 - ). This film depicts attempts to return the crewmen of the Apollo 13 mission safely to earth following an explosion on-board the service module. The film emphasizes the Mission Control and spacecraft teamwork that overcame the life-or-death problems of Apollo 13, as well as the worldwide reaction to the crisis.
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The FY 2019 budget request includes $10.5 billion to pursue an exploration campaign that will focus on transitioning LEO operations to commercial providers and returning humans to the Moon and cislunar space, with eventual missions to Mars and beyond. NASA will evolve its core capabilities through continued technical advancements and new approaches and industrial partnerships to maintain the U.S.’s leadership role in human spaceflight. The Agency has developed a phased approach for this activity, starting with ISS and progressing to cislunar space, the lunar surface, then to Mars and beyond. The campaign will be enabled by pursuing near-term milestones for lunar exploration, such as the commercial launch of the power propulsion element, a key element of the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway. A new Lunar Discovery and Exploration program would support innovative approaches to achieve human and science exploration goals by funding contracts for commercial transportation services and the development of small rovers and instrument to meet lunar science and exploration needs.
Source: FY 2019 Budget Request Executive Summary, BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS, NASA
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 

POSSIBLE LANDING SITES FOR FUTURE MOON MISSIONS

Five of many LROC Narrow Angle Cameras (NACs) showhigh resolution views of the increasingly famous "Mare Pit Crater" in the Sea of Tranquillitatis.

West wall of Aristarchus crater seen obliquely by the LROC NACs from an altitude of only 26 km. Scene is about 12 km wide at the base. Image NAC M175569775. Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University.

At the right,an oblique view of the interior of the Orientale basin. NAC images M1124173129L & R, image centered at 24.23°S, 264.30°E, scene width is approximately 16 km and the cliff at center is 1.7 km high Credit:[NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].

Located near the South Pole on the lunar far side, it is the second youngest impact basin (after Orientale) and, thus, remains well exposed for scientific study. Schrödinger intersects the pre-Nectarian Amundsen-Gainswindt basin (AG), as well as the inner rings of the South Pole-Aitken (SPA) basin.
Dozens of boulders, ranging from 10 m to more than 30 m in diameter, are distributed within an ejecta ray close to the crater rim (lower right). These boulders represent the deepest material excavated during crater formation. LROC NAC M159013302LR, image width is ~850 m [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].

Other Moon landing sites considered

. South Pole - Aitken Basin - 170°W, 53°S

. Gruithuisen Domes - 36.5°N, 40.2°W

. Moscoviense - 147°E, 26°N

. Rima Bode - 3.5°W, 12°N

. The potential for volatiles in the Intercrater Highlands of the lunar North Pole