/Hubble-servicing NASA astronaut urges human-robot synergy for future moon missions

Hubble-servicing NASA astronaut urges human-robot synergy for future moon missions

Key idea: All robotic exploration is really a human-robotic partnership. How do we amplify the science in this human-robotic partnership?’

Original author and publication date: Josh Dinner (Space.com) – August 11, 2022

Futurizonte Editor’s Note: Humans and robots exploring space together. Science-fiction is becoming real once again.

From the article:   

NASA astronaut John Grunsfeld cited some less than stellar findings during a keynote speech in June at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Visitor Complex, says waiting to integrate science objectives directly into foundational mission hardware prohibits our exploration potential.

NASA’s Engineering & Safety Center (NESC) sponsored a workshop entitled “Unique Science from the Moon in the Artemis Era.” The three-day long conference focused on the various engineering obstacles associated with utilization of the lunar environment for possible astronomical science experiments as part of NASA’s Artemis missions, like the Lunar Crater Radio Telescope (LCRT), and the challenges faced regarding astronauts’ assembly and maintenance of scientific experiments and spaceflight infrastructure.

Industry professionals participated in a schedule of seminars which covered topics ranging from lunar dust and power generation to robotic exploration and human spaceflight, with the goal of establishing a roadmap to develop lunar experiments through to execution over the next few decades.

Since his retirement from NASA, Grunsfeld’s professional life has not swayed from the science and space sector. He is currently part of the steering group for the committee on the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey, a report compiled with input from interdisciplinary scientists to guide NASA’s longterm exploratory objectives.

The most recent survey was released in April of this year, and outlines twelve key areas of scientific priority, split into three categories: Origin of the solar system, Solar System Worlds and Processes, and Life and Habitability. The document is also nearly 800 pages long.

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