Next week, for the first time since 2011, American astronauts will travel to the ISS aboard an American-made rocket.
Next week will go down in the history of American astronautics – for the first time in the past 10 years, an American-made rocket will be launched from an American spaceport to deliver astronauts into Earth’s orbit. Vice President Mike Pence announced this at a meeting of the National Space Council on Tuesday..
The council meeting, which was held at the headquarters of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), was also attended by the head of NASA Jim Bridenstine, members of the White House cabinet, as well as the leadership of the Pentagon, including General John Hayten, deputy chairman of the Joint Committee chiefs of staff.
“One week and one day separates us from the moment when America will return American astronauts on American rockets from American soil into space. This is an extraordinarily exciting time in the history of this program, ”said Pence, expressing on behalf of the Donald Trump administration the appreciation of the entire NASA team and admiration for the team of astronauts who“ will bring America back to space leadership next week ”.
“I would just like to thank you all. It’s amazing, but in a short time … America is regaining leadership in space. Thanks to the establishment of the Space Forces, we have ensured the security of our country. The return of American astronauts on an American rocket … confirms our desire to lead the vast expanses of space in the same way as America leads the free world, “the vice president emphasized..
Jim Bridenstine has confirmed that the US is returning to the moon. “We are following Presidential Space Policy Directive # 1. As you announced a little over a year ago, we are going to send … people to the South Pole of the Moon no later than 2024, ”Bridenstein said that the mission will also include the first female astronaut to land on the Moon..
NASA has completed a milestone in the development of the Space Launch System (SLS) super-heavy launch vehicle, which will be used for manned space missions to the Moon, Bridenstine said. The spacecraft is currently being assembled at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, and its first preliminary tests will take place this summer and fall..
SLS will be used to launch the manned Orion spacecraft, which will orbit the Moon for the first time since the Apollo space program..
The US partners in space exploration – the space agencies of Japan, the European Community and Canada – also take part in the implementation of the program..
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On May 27, the crewed spacecraft Crew Dragon will be launched from the Kennedy Space Center with a Falcon-9 rocket, delivering American astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the ISS..
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