Tech & Science NASA delays debut launch of $23 billion moon rocket and capsule

07:00  13 may  2017
07:00  13 may  2017 Source:   Reuters

Could there be life on Saturn’s moon, Enceladus? New research raises the possibility.

  Could there be life on Saturn’s moon, Enceladus? New research raises the possibility. New research from NASA’s Cassini mission has all eyes on Enceladus, Saturn’s sixth-largest moon. As Scott Bolton, a co-author and mission co-investigator from the Southwest Research Institute, explains: “Hydrogen’s the most common element in the whole universe, but we don’t expect a lot of it sitting on Enceladus.” That’s because Enceladus is too small to trap large reserves of hydrogen in its gravity field, he says.

NASA delays debut launch of $ 23 billion moon rocket and capsule - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration had hoped to launch the Space Launch System, or SLS, rocket in November 2018.

NASA has delayed the first launch of its heavy-payload rocket until 2019 and decided against an idea floated by the White House to put astronauts aboard the capsule that is set to fly around the moon , the U.S. space agency said on Friday. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration had hoped

FILE PHOTO: NASA's Space Launch System 70-metric-ton configuration is seen launching to space in this undated artist's rendering © REUTERS/NASA/MSFC/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo FILE PHOTO: NASA's Space Launch System 70-metric-ton configuration is seen launching to space in this undated artist's rendering NASA has delayed the first launch of its heavy-payload rocket until 2019 and decided against an idea floated by the White House to put astronauts aboard the capsule that is set to fly around the moon, the U.S. space agency said on Friday.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration had hoped to launch the Space Launch System, or SLS, rocket in November 2018. The rocket will send the deep-space Orion capsule on a high lunar orbit.

Could there be life on Saturn’s moon, Enceladus? New research raises the possibility.

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NASA has delayed the first launch of its heavy-payload rocket until 2019 and decided against an idea floated by the White House to put astronauts aboard the capsule that is set to fly around the moon , the U.S. space agency said on Friday. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration had hoped

NASA has delayed the first launch of its heavy-payload rocket until 2019 and decided against an idea floated by the White House to put astronauts aboard the capsule that is set to fly around the moon , the U.S. space agency said on Friday.

The launch is part of NASA's long-term program to use the rocket to get astronauts and equipment to Mars.

In February, at the behest of President Donald Trump's administration, NASA began to weigh the implications of adding a two-person crew for the trial flight.

The conclusion of the study was to wait until a second flight before adding a crew, NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot said.

The research "really reaffirmed that the baseline plan we have in place was the best way for us to go,” he told reporters on a conference call.

Adding systems to support a crew would have cost NASA $600 million to $900 million more and would likely have delayed the flight to 2020, he said.

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By Irene Klotz. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 12 (Reuters) - NASA has delayed the first launch of its heavy-payload rocket until 2019 and decided against an idea floated by the White House to put astronauts aboard the capsule that is set to fly around the moon

By Irene Klotz. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 12 (Reuters) - NASA has delayed the first launch of its heavy-payload rocket until 2019 and decided against an idea floated by the White House to put astronauts aboard the capsule that is set to fly around the moon

Even without a crew, the SLS will not be ready to blast off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida until 2019, Lightfoot said, adding that the agency would have a more specific timeframe in about a month.

The delay would push back the rocket’s second flight beyond 2021, said NASA Associate Administrator William Gerstenmaier.

The delays are largely due to technical issues encountered during the development of SLS and Orion, as well as tornado damage to the rocket’s manufacturing plant in New Orleans.

By the end of the next fiscal year on September 30, 2018, NASA will have spent $23 billion on the rocket, capsule, launch site and support systems, according to an audit by NASA’s Office of Inspector General.

That excludes $9 billion spent on the mothballed Constellation lunar exploration programme, which included initial development of the Orion and a second heavy-lift rocket.

Initially, the SLS rocket, which uses engines left over from the space shuttle programme and shuttle-derived solid rocket boosters, will have the capacity to put about 77 tons (70 metric tons) into an orbit about 100 miles (160 km) above Earth.

Later versions are expected to carry nearly twice that load.

“We’re really building a system,” Gerstenmaier said. “It is much, much more than one flight.”

(Editing by Frank McGurty and Andrew Hay)

Stunning Close-Up of Icy Saturn Moon Enceladus Reveals Its Rough Past .
Saturn's moon Enceladus has had a rough life — and it's got the scars to prove it.  A recently released photo by NASA's Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft shows the many craters, as well as snaking fissures and other geological features, pocking the northern reaches of 313-mile-wide (504 kilometers) Enceladus.

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