The minivan-sized OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will send back images of the sample collected from the Bennu asteroid and, if a successful collection is confirmed, the spacecraft will journey back toward Earth, arriving in 2023.
The Artemis Accords signed by eight nations promises to be the largest coalition for a human spaceflight programme in history.
US Congress will have to sign off on the financing for the project, which has been estimated to cost $28 billion. The project has been set by President Donald Trump as a top priority.
US astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley flew to the International Space Station in SpaceX's new Crew Dragon and safely returned to Earth after a two-month voyage.
The Jezero Crater, which has a similar mineral makeup to the lake in Turkey, is the planned landing site for NASA’s Perseverance rover.
The latest rover Perseverance has blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida in the world’s third and final Mars launch of the summer.
Kathy Lueders joined NASA in 1992 and has worked with the space shuttle and International Space Station programs.
Crew Dragon capsule carrying NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley docked with International Space Station in just 19 hours, a day after a Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Kennedy Space Center with the spacecraft.
The two men are scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station on Sunday for a stay of up to four months, after which they will return to Earth in a Right Stuff-style splashdown at sea.
Elon Musk’s company came within 17 minutes Wednesday of launching a pair of NASA astronauts for the first time in nearly a decade from the US, before the threat of lightning forced a delay.
With thunderstorms threatening a delay, two NASA astronauts climbed aboard a SpaceX rocket ship Wednesday for liftoff on a history-making flight that was seen as a giant leap forward for the booming business of commercial space travel.
NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will catch a ride to the launch pad in a Tesla Model X electric car on Wednesday. It will be the first astronaut launch from Nasa’s Kennedy Space Center since 2011.
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