The fact that so many nations - the United States, Russia, China, India, Israel - and even commercial entities are interested in landing on the moon means that there are many opportunities to create new partnerships
The four astronauts aboard Orion will use a target attached to the space propulsion stage to demonstrate approach operations to test Orion's navigation capabilities. The target underwent illumination tests in May to ensure that it could be seen in different lighting conditions in space
The Space Operations Mission Directorate remains responsible for all space operations in low Earth orbit and focuses on the space station, space communications, and navigation that support all of NASA's human exploration and science missions.
NASA and the US Department of Energy are funding the development of initial design concepts for a 40 kW FSP system that is planned to operate for at least ten years in the lunar environment