Elon Musk Smoking Weed 'Not Appropriate Behavior — NASA Chief

Elon Musk Smoking Weed 'Not Appropriate Behavior — NASA Chief

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine and Associate Administrator Thomas Zurbuchen welcome representatives from nine private companies that will be involved in NASA's future missions to the moon and Mars.

The research will help get astronauts back to the moon more quickly and safely, according to NASA officials.

The nine companies now eligible to bid on CLPS are: Astrobotic Technology Inc., Deep Space Systems, Draper, Firefly Aerospace Inc., Intuitive Machines LLC., Lockheed Martin Space, Masten Space Systems Inc., Moon Express and Orbit Beyond.

NASA hopes that others will use these services as space travel becomes an endeavour accessible to private corporations.

It was revealed last week that NASA will be conducting an investigation into the company culture of SpaceX after concerns over Elon Musk's behavior began to grow within NASA's upper management. The first such flight could come as early as next year. The program will spend $2.6 billion over the next 10 years among various aerospace companies. Now Draper is in a new, homegrown space race to deliver unmanned craft to the lunar surface.

Lockheed Martin is planning for a massive lander that could ferry four astronauts from the Lunar Gateway to the moon, while Deep Space Systems is an aerospace engineering company developing the Mars Phoenix lander.

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Even Bridenstine said that while NASA wants the companies to succeed, the space agency is certain some of the efforts will fail. SpaceX and Boeing are planning to start transporting astronauts to the space station sometime next year. NASA wants to return to the moon to make scientific discoveries, find resources and establish an off-Earth presence for humans. But it is also expected to serve as a launching point for missions to other parts of the solar system, including the planet Mars.

Soon after the mandate was presented, NASA submitted a plan to Congress called the National Space Exploration Campaign, echoing Trump's remarks.

The lander is based on designs for Martian landers the company produced for NASA, including the InSight lander that touched down on Mars Nov. 26.

Bridenstine stated that he had "a number of conversations" with Musk about his actions and erratic behavior over the past year.

Astrobiotic Technology Inc., Pittsburgh; Draper, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Firefly Aerospace Inc., Cedar Park, Texas; Intuitive Machines, Houston; Masten Space Systems Inc., Mojave, California; Moon Express, Cape Canaveral, Florida; and Orbit Beyond, Edison, New Jersey. "When you combine those investments with the extensible capability of the team and our history of delivering humans to the moon and bringing them back, we're positioned well to meet NASA's mission needs".

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