Sep 22, 2019

Australia to invest $100 million in Trump's bid to return to the Moon

Prime Minister Morisson and President Trump. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Australia is set to invest $101 million into President Trump's efforts to achieve another Moon landing by 2024 and send future U.S. missions to Mars, Reuters reports.

Driving the news: Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the investment while visiting NASA's headquarters in Washington, D.C., over the weekend. Morrison outlined the 5-year investment plan as part of a broader effort to triple the size of Australia's space sector and create 20,000 new jobs by 2030, per Reuters.

Between the lines: "The announcement came after Morrison made a state visit to the White House on Friday, with the red carpet rolled out, signaling Australia’s strong ties with the United States after a period of tense relations with China," Reuters' Lidia Kelly notes.

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NASA has a new head of human spaceflight

Photo: NASA

Former Department of Defense official Douglas Loverro has been named NASA's new head of human spaceflight after a months-long search.

Why it matters: Loverro will help lead NASA's push to the Moon as part of its Artemis program to land astronauts back on the lunar surface by 2024, as directed by the Trump administration.

Read moreArrowOct 16, 2019

NASA unveils new spacesuit for the Moon and more

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine with spacesuit engineers Amy Ross and Kristine Davis during a demonstration of the new spacesuit. Photo: NASA/Joel Kowsky

NASA's newest spacesuits are designed to allow astronauts to explore the Moon as never before.

Why it matters: The new spacesuits are a key component of NASA's Artemis mission, which is expected to bring humans back to the surface of the Moon by 2024, as directed by the Trump administration.

Go deeperArrowOct 15, 2019

NASA will send your name to Mars aboard its next rover

Tracks left by the Curiosity rover on Mars. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech

There’s still time to send your name to Mars aboard a NASA rover expected to hunt for signs of past life on the Red Planet.

What’s happening: NASA is planning to send a computer chip stenciled with millions of names to Mars aboard the agency’s 2020 rover.

Go deeperArrowSep 24, 2019