Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Research | By Raquel Erickson

NASA Plans To Return To The Moon To Stay There

NASA Plans To Return To The Moon To Stay There

"This time, when we go to the moon, we will stay", wrote Bridenstine.

The space agency has decided it has unfinished business on our lunar satellite and wants to set up a permanent base on the moon.

Next week partners from private industry are being invited to NASA's headquarters to discuss lunar landers.

"For the moon, we'd like to return humans in the late 2020s", Clarke said.

The President's Space Policy Directive-1 galvanizes NASA's return to the Moon and builds on progress on the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft, efforts with commercial and worldwide partners, and knowledge gained from current robotic presence at the Moon and Mars.

"I want to be clear - that is not our vision". The construction of the first Russian lunar base is set to begin in 2034 and continue in 2035.

'We are going to the moon with innovative new technologies and systems to explore more locations across the surface than we ever thought possible, ' explained Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine, writing in online magazine OZY.

But first, he said, the agency needs to train and refine techniques for Mars by having humans go back to the moon in about 10 years.

Bridenstine says the reinvigorated mission will introduce the Moon to the more than two-thirds of Americans that were not alive for the iconic Apollo landing.

When NASA again sends humans to the Moon, the surface will be buzzing with new research and robotic activity, and there will be more opportunities for discovery than ever before.

"But unlike Apollo, this time we're going to the moon to stay, and from there we'll take the next giant leap in deep space exploration".

"Building on our model in low-Earth orbit, we'll expand our partnerships with industry and other nations to explore the moon and advance our missions to farther destinations such as Mars, with America leading the way", Bridenstine said in a statement.

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