NASA plans sustainable missions to make people stay on the Moon

Mindy Sparks
February 11, 2019

In a new blog post, NASA welcomes companies to participate in its search for reusable systems that will reliably deliver astronauts to the lunar surface and get them home safely.

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

A call has been made by Bridenstine for "the best and brightest of American industry to help design and develop human landers". He also stated that the U.S. space agency contracted nine private space companies "to send cargo to the moon, with the ultimate goal being to develop landers that can take astronauts back to the surface of the Earth's satellite", according to The Independent. "We are inviting industry and other potential partners to meet with us next week at NASA headquarters to discuss human lunar landers", NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine wrote in an op-ed at news site on Friday.

'This time, when we go to the moon, we will stay'.

The agency's leading approach to sending humans to the Moon is using a system of three separate elements that will provide transfer, landing, and safe return.

The Gateway will be a space station positioned in orbit around the Moon that will serve as a jumping-off point for missions to and from the surface.

Such moon expeditions, Clarke said, will not only give NASA a chance to "learn our lessons" on a non-Earth body, but it is also far closer than Mars. But, Musk's comments could also mean that the firm is simultaneously making plans to get to the Moon. Once the ability to harness resources from the Moon for propellant becomes viable, NASA plans to refuel these elements with the Moon's own resources.

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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