NASA has announced a call for Lunar Surface Instrument Payloads to fly to the Moon on commercial lunar lands as early as next year or 2020. (NASA image)  (NASA) – NASA has announced a call for tenders for Lunar Surface Instrument Payloads that will fly to commercial lunar north lands next year or 2020.
The agency collaborates with US industry and international partners to expand human exploration from the moon to Mars. It all starts with robotic missions on the lunar surface and a gateway for astronauts in space orbiting the moon.
NASA is preparing commercial commercial lunar charge delivery services for small payloads and is developing lunar newl for large payloads more research on the surface of the Moon before a human return.
The agency seeks investigations that promote skills for the science, exploration or commercial development of the moon. This call is specifically geared to small payloads that may be ready for early commercial flights.
Future calls for lunar payloads will occur periodically for future missions, with the next call due to be released in about a year.
"We are looking for ways not only to guide the science of the moon, but also to use the moon as a scientific platform to look back at the earth, observe the sun, or contemplate the vast universe." said Steve Clarke, Deputy Administrator for Exploration in the Science Mission Directorate of NASA Headquarters in Washington.
"As far as technology is concerned, we are interested in instruments or systems that will help future missions – both human and robotic – to explore the Moon and advance future Mars missions."
In early missions, scientific instruments will likely collect data related to heat flux inside the Moon, solar wind and atmosphere, and dust detection. Lander payloads could also perform technology demonstrations using the Moon as a technology testbed for Mars.
In early missions, scientific instruments are likely to collect data related to heat flux inside the Moon, solar wind and atmosphere, and dust detection. Lander payloads could also perform technology demonstrations using the Moon as a technology testbed for Mars.
"The strategy is that these early missions will help us understand more complex future missions, such as finding useful resources and building a seismic network to understand the Moon's internal structure and study lunar mineralogy and chemistry understand the origins of the moon, "Clarke said. "NASA is also pleased to support efforts by the US industry to offer more commercial exploration services to multiple customers, including NASA."
The Authority requires payloads to be delivered no later than December 2021 and integrated into Lunar Lands Payloads will be delivered on-site and remain under the control of the Principal Investigator until selected for a particular flight.
The call for payloads falls under the research program Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) and requires proposals for contracting investigators-led scientific instrument and technology investigations. The first deadline for the proposal is 19 November 2018.
The United States has not landed softly on the moon since Apollo 17 in 1972. The moon has a scientific value and the potential to gain resources such as water and oxygen relatively close to Earth in support of space exploration.
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