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NASA selects first science payloads for lunar Gateway
Posted: Sat, Mar 14, 2020, 8:34 AM ET (1234 GMT)
Lunar Gateway illustration (NASA) NASA announced Thursday it has selected the first science payloads that will fly on the lunar Gateway. NASA said it will include a space weather instrument package developed within the agency along with an instrument from the European Space Agency to measure radiation conditions in cislunar space. The instruments will help NASA better understand the environment that astronauts will be exposed to on future missions to the moon and prepare for expeditions to Mars. NASA did not disclose a specific cost or schedule for the payloads, but NASA officials said at an advisory committee meeting Thursday they would develop the instruments quickly, using equipment largely available off the shelf.
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