Shrinking moon is quaking, revealing it may be tectonically active

SHRIVELLING The Moon is wrinkling like a raisin as its core shrinks

"Why do we go to the Moon?".

Bridenstine added that he's already talked about the plan with members of Congress. "I think there's a lot of excitement on both sides of the aisle", he said.

NASA also announced the name of the new mission will be Artemis, the Greek goddess of the moon and Apollo's twin sister.

"Our astronaut office is very diverse and highly qualified", Bridenstine said.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said, "Fifty years after Apollo, the Artemis program will carry the next man and first woman to the moon".

"No woman has ever walked on the lunar surface".

"We found that a number of the quakes recorded in the Apollo data happened very close to the faults seen in the [NASA's Apollo and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter missions] LRO imagery". The redesigned Gateway will consist of a power and propulsion element, or PPE, and a mini-habitat also known as a utilization module.

While NASA originally hoped to launch in 2028, following completion of the Gateway lunar station, the Trump Administration is now pushing for a '24 moon landing-hence the additional funding request.

But many experts and lawmakers are concerned that Nasa can not meet the accelerated deadline, especially given the major delays in development of the SLS, which is being built by aerospace giant Boeing. For example, bright patches of ground have been observed near faults, which appear to be patches of lunar regolith that have yet to be darkened by weathering and radiation. That expense will be partially offset by slimming down the Gateway platform, saving $321 million, NASA said.

By combining information gathered by LRO and data from the various Apollo missions, researchers were able to "advance our understanding of the Moon while suggesting where future missions intent on studying the Moon's interior processes should go", according to LRO project scientist John Keller.

Seeing the first woman land on the moon in the foreseeable future will inspire a new generation of young girls, the NASA chief said.

The research also sheds some light on the moon's internal composition. Bridenstine said that he had been contacting key congressional leaders but that it was "not easy to get a hold of everyone" on short notice. "We've got these possibly active faults on the Moon, which means it isn't this dead body", Watters tells Ryan Mandelbaum at Gizmodo. That's why the moon is so valuable. "When we accelerate the lunar program, we are, by definition, accelerating the humans-to-Mars program", he said.

Apart from the plain and simple fact that this new finding helps us understand the Moon better, it is significant because humans are looking to establish a base there by the turn of the century, and information about tectonic activity would be necessary to mitigate risk and help decide optimal locations for explorers to reach. "You'll see a series of flights in that period between 2024 and '28", he said.

Just a few days after Jeff Bezos' space venture, Blue Origin, unveiled its design for a lunar lander potentially capable of carrying humans, Bridenstine emphasized that commercial moon ventures would be welcome. We want to be there, no kidding, by 2024. "All of these pieces would be interoperable, published on the internet, for anybody who wanted to participate in our sustainable return to the moon".

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