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NASA canceled our first step toward returning humans to the moon

China is using its economic might to pursue an aggressive space programme as it strives to narrow the gap with the United States in space exploration

"Consistent with this strategy, NASA is planning a series of progressive robotic missions to the lunar surface".

"This action is viewed with both incredulity and dismay by our community, especially as the President's Space Policy Directive 1 directs NASA to go to the lunar surface", stated the letter, signed by current LEAG Chair Sam Lawrence and former LEAG Chair Clive Neal.

However, on April 23, the day Bridenstine was sworn into office, the Resource Prospector mission was formally canceled by NASA. The physicist explained that initially the development of the lunar Rover was funded from the program of human flights into space, but then the project was handed over to the Department of scientific missions.

Long before the former Republican Congressman from Oklahoma narrowly won confirmation, the Trump administration staked out its commitment to rely on entrepreneurs and commercial-space companies to spearhead USA efforts to return to the moon. That update doesn't offer any detail about what sort of mission those instruments would be moved to or when it might reach the Moon. Materials could also hold important clues about the moon and space, said the scientists.

However, even before this announcement, NASA had telegraphed that it the mission was not a priority for its lunar exploration plans.

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The group noted that the Resource Prospector was recently moved from NASA's human exploration budget into its science budget but said this was misguided for two reasons. "It's still good science. We just need to know exactly how much is there".

Several companies, including former competitors in the Google Lunar X Prize competition, have expressed an interest in working with NASA on launching payloads.

NASA replied with a declaration posted on the Internet on Friday, according to which some of the devices on the recently-canceled vehicle's board will be used in another future mission, which will be developed for the same objective, namely, the Moon's surface exploration.

Bridenstine said in a tweet: "We're committed to lunar exploration @NASA" with "more commercial partners".

"Our MX-9 lander system can deliver up to 500 kilograms to the lunar surface, and we've embedded Resource Prospector-class mission requirements into its design", he said. A 2022 launch, they wrote, would demonstrate NASA's ability to react quickly to changes in space policy, preempt robotic missions being developed by other nations and pave the way for commercial activities on the moon. "We're working to have the MX-9 operationally available by 2021 for rover and sample return missions".

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