SLS and Orion: July 2017 Archives

NASA Internal Memo: EM-1 Crew Study Results Summary

"NASA determined it was feasible to fly crew on EM-1. However, in the balancing of the cost, schedule, and technical risks, and the fact this is a long-term exploration program, it was determined that the current baseline program was the better long-term solution. The study was beneficial and has improved NASA's overall planning for SLS, Orion, and ground systems. Given the decision not to fly crew on EM-1, NASA continues working toward an uncrewed first flight as the first mission in a series of deep space missions beyond the Moon in preparation for sending humans to Mars in the 2030s."

- Original Memo via Buzzfeed

NASA Could Have Flown Astronauts Around The Moon In 2020, BuzzFeed

"NASA wants people to know it could have done this, if they had the money, but won't because they don't," Keith Cowing of NASAWatch told BuzzFeed News. "It does kind of beg the question of why they weren't doing it this way all along if it was such a great idea."

Charles Bolden 'blunt' about Trump and space, says president 'talks a lot', AL.com

"The president had an opportunity after challenging NASA to show how we could put humans on the very first flight of SLS and Orion," Bolden said. He referred to the Trump administration's early request that NASA consider a crew on the first launch of the Space Launch System under development. NASA said, "It can be done, but it's got a healthy price tag, so we think we ought to stick with the plan we have now...," Bolden said. "The president could have very easily said, 'No, I want to do what I said.' We're going to put a crew on it. Go for it. I'm going to work with Congress and we're going to give you the money to do it.' That's the way we did Apollo."

Keith's note: Gee, if this crew on EM-1 thing was such a big deal for Bolden why didn't he say something like this at some point during his 8 years at NASA? Now it just sounds like sour grapes from the sidelines.


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