NASA administrator says agency plans to 'go to the Moon and stay'

Rodiano Bonacci
Febbraio 11, 2019

We are going to the moon with innovative new technologies and systems to explore more locations across the surface than we ever thought possible.

Maybe Trump forced the USA space agency to make its comeback to the Earth's satellite, but that was not something NASA didn't want.

NASA, the United States space agency is planning to launch a human moon mission soon, and this time, they are aiming to make astronauts stay on the lunar surface.

Through multi-phased lunar exploration partnerships, NASA is asking American companies to study the best approach to landing astronauts on the moon and start the development as quickly as possible with current and future anticipated technologies.

Jim Bridenstine, the space agency's administrator, said that NASA plans to return people to the Moon - and have astronauts explore more of the surface for longer periods, Trend reported citing Sputnik.

Mr Bridenstine said plans would get under way next week when industry partners visit NASA's headquarters to talk about lunar landers, which could help maintain "a sustainable, human presence beyond Earth's orbit".

Even before humans set foot back on the dusty lunar surface, Nasa has plenty of non-humanoid moon plans in the pipeline. Private sector innovation is key to these NASA missions, and the NextSTEP public-private partnership model is advancing capabilities for human spaceflight while stimulating commercial activities in space.

Using the Gateway to land astronauts on the Moon allows the first building blocks for fully reusable lunar landers. The construction of the first Russian lunar base is set to begin in 2034 and continue in 2035.

The Yutu-2 Moon rover and Chang'e-4 lander would resume their science and exploration missions on February 28th and March 1st, respectively, according to the Chinese space agency release, with the rover needing to unfold solar panels and dissipate heat.

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