Former NASA Administrator Bridenstine to Newsmax: US Goes to the Moon ‘to Stay’

Former NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told Newsmax on Saturday that the Artemis I mission paves the way for the United States to be able to go to the moon and operate in orbit and from the surface of the moon for an extended period.

“[Artemis] It was an initiative of [former President Donald] trump-[Mike] It was a plan, Bridenstine, a Trump appointee who oversaw the agency from 2018-21, said the Pence administration during “America Right Now” on Saturday. to return to the moon. this time sustainably. in other words, We will stay. “

Bridenstine said a coalition of both international and commercial partners is now involved in what was initially a US military project when the Apollo program went to the moon 60 years ago.

This time, he said, missions aim to use resources on the moon to maintain an orbiting “space station” as well as potential structures on the surface to learn how to survive on another world for an extended period of time in anticipation of eventually going to Mars.

“We’re going to use very prevalent water ice, especially in the lunar south pole,” he said. Water ice h2a. It’s hydrogen, and it’s a fuel. It’s oxygen, and it’s there for us to breathe.”

Combined with sunlight for solar energy, water can also be made drinkable, he said.

Artemis I lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 16, and is expected to reach lunar orbit by November 21, according to NASA.

The main reason for the trip, besides testing the SLS rocket, the largest man-made rocket in history, and the Orion command module that will eventually house the astronauts when the manned Artemis II mission lifts off sometime next year, is to test a heat shield to protect the module and its crew during its return. to the Earth’s atmosphere, according to the agency.

“The mission will end with testing Orion’s ability to return safely to Earth,” the agency said on its website. “Orion will enter Earth’s atmosphere at 25,000 miles per hour. Earth’s atmosphere will slow the spacecraft to a speed of about 300 miles per hour, producing temperatures of about 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit and testing the performance of the heat shield.”

Bridenstine said the three missions, which end with the first moon landing in 60 years with the first woman and person of color, will pave the way for the future and prepare the agency for more outreach to Mars.

“This is a sustainable mission, and we’re also learning how to live and work on another world for extended periods of time because we’re going to Mars,” he said. “And if you’re going to Mars, you’re going to have to live there for a while. Because once you get there, you’re not on the same side of the sun as Earth, so you have to stay for about two years before you go back.”

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