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NASA halts work on Moon mission due to coronavirus outbreak

21 Mar 2020 NASA halts work on Moon mission due to coronavirus outbreak Written by Shubham Sharma ¢erdot Science

"Of course it will be impacted, even though it's one of our top priorities, as we've said repeatedly; personnel for integration and testing work has been reduced already", Zurbuchen said.

In addition to the JPL at California, the space agency is also assessing if anyone needs to work in areas that have been placed under similar restrictions. "We're all affected by this, all of our missions are affected by this", Zurbuchen said.

Last week, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine mentioned in a blog post that employees at Michoud and Stennis had been ordered to work from home.

Bridenstine continued: "Space exploration has been an economic driver for the US economy, creating tens of thousands of jobs, reducing our trade deficit, and inspiring countless Americans to pursue careers in STEM fields".

A crewed return to the Moon is the first part of the Artemis program to set up a long-term colony and test technologies for a crewed mission to Mars in the 2030s.

Space.com revealed that questions about the NASA response to the pandemic were the ones that reigned during a Science Mission Directorate digital town hall held during the past Friday.

Bridenstine noted that "the change at Stennis was made due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the community around the center, the number of self-isolation cases within our workforce, and one confirmed case among our Stennis team".

The Mars 2020 missions, which include the Mars Helicopter and the Mars Perseverance Rover, are to continue, so does the supercomputing facility.

"Much of the work is being done by employees and contractors who work remotely across the agency". In a statement released to the media, NASA sais they are "proactively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation as it evolves" and that the agency "will continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the agency's chief health and medical officer and communicate any updates that may impact mission planning".

Among the missions that are affected, there's the James Webb Space Telescope where work has been put on hold these days.

James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a space telescope which is under development since 1996.

On Saturday, the White House announced that the seventh meeting of the National Space Council, which is led by Vice President Mike Pence, has been postponed.

It's been revealed that the discussion took second place on the agenda.

As of Monday morning, there have been more than 349,000 reported cases of COVID-19, including at least 35,000 in the U.S.

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