Broadcast 3403 Hotel Mars with Bill Harwood

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Guests: John Batchelor, William (Bill) Harwood, Dr. David Livingston.  Topics: The NASA Artemis return to the Moon project You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce.  This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program,  Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF ( note that audio and transition issues are a result of copying the John Batchelor broadcast & are not within my control as they originate in the Batchelor studio.

John Batchelor and I welcomed back Bill Harwood of CBS Space News to discuss the newly proposed NASA Artemis plan to return to the Moon using the Lunar Gateway, SLS, and the Orion crew capsule.  Our guest described the Artemis project in full, the various components including SLS, Orion, commercial bids for the lunar lander, different rocket, landing and return stages, plus propulsion by ESA.  Also discussed in this two segment Hotel Mars program was the Gateway orbit and why it will have this orbit.  Bill explained the purpose and use of the Gateway.  He also talked about landing at the poles for the water ice and lunar resources.  Bill discussed the funding issues, congress, the budget going to CR and the need for the additional $1.6 billion for FY 2020. Furthermore, he said the additional extra amounts needed for future years was not yet known but that it would be a costly project.  International cooperation was brought up including the orbit for the Gateway and ESA propulsion unit not having sufficient energy for any other orbit.  Bill did say that from where the Gateway will be, astronauts should be able to go to any point on the lunar surface. He said the Gateway would be manned when a mission was using it to go to the Moon.  Listen to how he explained its function.  Before we timed out on Hotel Mars, John brought up the new spacesuit design that will be used. Bill said it was being designed in-house at NASA JSC and was shown publicly about two weeks ago.  Don't miss the spacesuit discussion at the end of our Hotel Mars program.

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Bill Harwood of CBS Space News talks the Artemis project

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30 Oct 2019 John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston, William Harwood
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