NASA To Build US Moon Base & Send Astronauts To Mars

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NASA to build moon base in 2020s

NASA plans to send astronauts to the moon to build a base within the next decade, moving one step closer in fulfilling President Trump’s wish to send humans to Mars.

In preparation for human exploration of Mars, the agency will begin building a Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway in 2019.

Wearethemighty.com reports: The platform will consist of at least a power and propulsion element and habitation, logistics and airlock capabilities. While specific technical and mission capabilities as well as partnership opportunities are under consideration, NASA plans to launch elements of the gateway on the agency’s Space Launch System or commercial rockets for assembly in space.

“The Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway will give us a strategic presence in cislunar space. It will drive our activity with commercial and international partners and help us explore the Moon and its resources,” said William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “We will ultimately translate that experience toward human missions to Mars.”

The power and propulsion element will be the initial component of the gateway, and is targeted to launch in 2022. Using advanced high-power solar electric propulsion, the element will maintain the gateway’s position and can move the gateway between lunar orbits over its lifetime to maximize science and exploration operations. As part of the agency’s public-private partnership work under Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships, or NextSTEP, five companies are completing four-month studies on affordable ways to develop the power and propulsion element. NASA will leverage capabilities and plans of commercial satellite companies to build the next generation of all electric spacecraft.

The power and propulsion element will also provide high-rate and reliable communications for the gateway including space-to-Earth and space-to-lunar uplinks and downlinks, spacecraft-to-spacecraft crosslinks, and support for spacewalk communications. Finally, it also can accommodate an optical communications demonstration – using lasers to transfer large data packages at faster rates than traditional radio frequency systems.

Habitation capabilities launching in 2023 will further enhance our abilities for science, exploration, and partner (commercial and international) use. The gateway’s habitation capabilities will be informed by NextSTEP partnerships, and also by studies with the International Space Station partners. With this capability, crew aboard the gateway could live and work in deep space for up to 30 to 60 days at a time.

Crew will also participate in a variety of deep space exploration and commercial activities in the vicinity of the Moon, including possible missions to the lunar surface. NASA also wants to leverage the gateway for scientific investigations near and on the Moon. The agency recently completed a call for abstracts from the global science community, and is hosting a workshop in late February 2018, to discuss the unique scientific research the gateway could enable. NASA anticipates the gateway will also support the technology maturation and development of operating concepts needed for missions beyond the Earth and Moon system.

Adding an airlock to the gateway in the future will enable crew to conduct spacewalks, enable science activities and accommodate docking of future elements. NASA is also planning to launch at least one logistics module to the gateway, which will enable cargo resupply deliveries, additional scientific research and technology demonstrations and commercial use.

Following the commercial model the agency pioneered in low-Earth orbit for space station resupply, NASA plans to resupply the gateway through commercial cargo missions. Visiting cargo spacecraft could remotely dock to the gateway between crewed missions.

Drawing on the interests and capabilities of industry and international partners, NASA will develop progressively complex robotic missions to the surface of the Moon with scientific and exploration objectives in advance of a human return. NASA’s exploration missions and partnerships will also support the missions that will take humans farther into the solar system than ever before.

NASA’s Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft are the backbone of the agency’s future in deep space. Momentum continues toward the first integrated launch of the system around the Moon in fiscal year 2020 and a mission with crew by 2023. The agency is also looking at a number of possible public/private partnerships in areas including in-space manufacturing and technologies to extract and process resources from the Moon and Mars, known as in-situ resource utilization.

May 2, 2018 – Update

As reflected in NASA’s Exploration Campaign, the next step in human spaceflight is the establishment of U.S. preeminence in cislunar space through the operations and the deployment of a U.S.-led Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway. Together with the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion, the gateway is central to advancing and sustaining human space exploration goals, and is the unifying single stepping off point in our architecture for human cislunar operations, lunar surface access and missions to Mars. The gateway is necessary to achieving the ambitious exploration campaign goals set forth by Space Policy Directive 1. Through partnerships both domestic and international, NASA will bring innovation and new approaches to the advancement of these U.S. human spaceflight goals.

NASA published a memorandum outlining the agency’s plans to collaboratively build the gateway. Learn more:

Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway Partnerships Memo

9 Comments

  1. well I still think they should be building factories up there , either free standing in space or on the moon where they then can manufacture everything with so much reduction in costs of production over decades and centuries due to no weight and resistance factors removing friction factors that the savings would be phenomenal Imagine for example a car assembly plant where one person could simply using their little finger convey the massive semi trailer along the entire production line .No expensive conveyancing machinery needed sucking up mega watts of [power Imagine .the cost saved in building ocean liners when one man could lift it up and push it down the road effortlessly.

    Imagine if the entire global process where done in space the
    environmental savings from the green house gases used just in conveying
    those things alone would be.And they could build a sort of lift to the work sites for labourers to use.Cant see why they couldnt .Would be cheaper to have one lift than run taxis all the time.

  2. yeah rite.. going to the moon….. lol..hilarious….. nobody will EVER go to the moon…its not part of God’s plan..

  3. Hahahahah! “BULLSHIT ALERT”!! WE’VE NEVER BEEN TO THE MOON, ANS WE’LL NEVER GO. THE EARTH IS FLAT AND THE MOON IS A LIGHT IN THE SKY. ITS NOT A PLANET TYPE PLAIN. JUST ANOTHER PHONY ASS BILLSHIT JIBE TO KEEP HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS GOING TO PHONY ASS NAZA!

    • yep..what you say is correct…. Kane is a fucking puppet for sure..he believes any shit he is told

  4. I just saw the warmonger mattis on tv………. what the fuck is it with his ears>>?????? ffs are they stick on ears?????? did they come from a party rental store?….. no way are they real ears…… that is fuken freaky shit dude

  5. its all BS. we have never left lower earth orbit nor been to the moon. earth is flat, space is fake and the moon is a luminary like our sun which is local. the veil is lifiting on humanity and the powers that should not be are freaking out….enjoy the show its only going to get crazier.

  6. NASA is nothing more than a fraud to steal tax dollars from the public in the name of science. The earth is flat, covered by a firmament dome, nobody is going anywhere. Look at those fake pictures of earth from space….see the 30,000 satellites? Of course you dont, it is all a lie. Even GPS and cell phones are ground based that why it doesnt work in the high mountains. Even veteran NASA scientist admit they can not fly out of low earth orbit. Will rockets work in a vaccum? Will tires on a Tesla explode in the vaccum of space? Science says they will, but Musk’s CGI doesnt follow the laws of science…and neither does NASA.

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