"EAS is no longer pursuing a potential independent Resource Prospecting [sic] (RP) mission, but integrating the RP measurement objectives with [Science Mission Directorate] Lunar Discovery Exploration Program and lander capability advancements under the Advanced Cislunar and Surface Capabilities programs", the agency's budget proposal stated.
Bridenstine linked to a Resource Prospector page on the NASA website, which included a brief statement about the mission's future.
According to an earlier NASA statement, the agency planed to launch Resource Prospector in the 2020s.
"If we want to go back to the moon and really work on the moon and make it a place that we can set up research stations and study processes that are occurring on the moon ... all these things are really enabled by being able to use resources on the moon for making fuel, propellant, life support, that sort of thing", said Hurley, who works at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and is a member of the LEAG executive committee.
Resource Prospector (RP) was meant to be the first one to examine the surface of the Moon for volatile substances like oxygen and hydrogen, as well as for water.More news: Zlatan Ibrahimovic's World Cup return ruled out by Sweden
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The moon mission consisted of a lander and a solar-powered rover that had a drill. Some technology originally slated for Resource Prospector "will go forward in an expanded lunar surface campaign", he wrote. "More landers. More science". Scientists sent an open letter to the new NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine (Jim Bridenstine), urging him not to close the already existing mission of the Agency.
In conclusion, NASA canceled lunar surface exploration rover, Resource Prospector, shocking a part of the scientific community, but just to replace it with another mission which also aims for the Moon's surface exploration.
"The technologies and operational capabilities that Resource Prospector validates also will have direct extensibility toward how we may someday harvest resources on Mars, an asteroid, or other planetary bodies", the United States space agency added.
"The directive I'm signing today will refocus American space programme". Of particular interest to scientists, explorers and commercial space companies is the ice that scientists believe is hidden beneath the Moon's poles.
"This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars and perhaps some day to many worlds beyond", the US President said.