Health Editor’s Note: The George Floyd issues with all the news coverage and subsequent protests has taken prime light in the news world, even over developing events of this pandemic. During this time we had an important event take place, totally unrelated to COVID-19 and police brutality. Here is an informative look at the new way NASA will go into space….Carol
Redefining How NASA Gets into Space
by Jennifer Levasseur/Smithsonianmag.com
The end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011 signaled a time of change for NASA. Not only because its longest operational vehicle was going out of service, but because going to our permanent home in space, the International Space Station (ISS), would never happen the same way again. For almost a decade, the U.S. space agency relied on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to take our astronauts to the station, paying millions of dollars to ensure that the onboard research and maintenance would continue without interruption. As NASA planned the construction and use of the Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System (SLS) rocket as a means of going back to the Moon and on to Mars, they also planned for a new way to get to the ISS. That meant a very new way of doing business with a group of successful new space companies, letting the bulk of NASA’s human spaceflight efforts focus on exploration while others kept eyes on space station crew and operations.
Fulfilling NASA’s exploration goals worked generally the same way for the last 60 years. An administration set a goal, like Kennedy’s goal of landing people on the Moon and returning them to Earth by the….read more: