Aus space agency to join NASA's Artemis programme

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Australia's new space agency has announced its partnership with NASA, which will focus primarily on the American Moon and Mars missions for the near future.

"We're stopping at the moon", he said, according to a transcript. "I expect that's just where we're going to begin". "So we'll be doing the moon but we'll really be doing Mars". "We are equally committed to Orion and Artemis and producing these vehicles with a focus on cost, schedule and mission success". White House officials urged NASA in May to accelerate its next planned moon landing to 2024, four years ahead of previously scheduled.

The SLS will be the most powerful rocket ever built and the only one capable of sending astronauts, the Orion capsule, and heavy cargo to the Moon in a single mission. That wasn't the first time the Moon was cited as a goal: Trump signed the Space Policy Directive 1 in December 2017, ordering NASA to send crews to the moon and to Mars.

"NASA and our contractor teams are making tremendous progress on every aspect of manufacturing, assembling and testing the complex systems needed to land American astronauts on the lunar surface by 2024", Bassler said. "So between Bezos and Elon Musk and others, we're leasing them our launch facilities, which you can't get", Trump said. Astronauts aboard the ISS performed breathing tests in an airlock to simulate the reduced pressure that future travelers may have to deal with on the Moon and Mars, and the readings are helping scientists better understand how to prevent potentially life-threatening situations in the future.

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The Saturday announcement was made at the NASA Headquarters here during the signing of a joint statement by USA space agency's Deputy Administrator Jim Morhard and Head of the Australian Space Agency, Megan Clark.

Despite the Australian Space Agency being relatively new, the country's involvement in the exploration of space is not.

NASA's program for crewed spaceflight, which includes a manned expedition to Mars in addition to another mission to the Moon is now under the joint development of various NASA partners such as the Canadian Space Agency, the European Space Agency, and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

"The strong relationship between NASA and the Australian Space Agency affirms NASA's commitment to establish sustainable exploration with our commercial and worldwide partners by 2028", Morhard added.

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