NASA details plans to set up a base on the moon. From there, the space agency wants to send astronauts to explore the Red Planet, all of this being a part of the Artemis program.
A long term lunar presence would be allowing more efficient travel to distant parts of the solar system as well as the potential for more discoveries about the moon.
Elements in the lunar base
This lunar base would be including elements such as a vehicle for transporting astronauts around the surface of the moon, a mobile habitation that would be allowing astronauts to travel across the moon for up to 45 days at a time and a more permanent lunar habitation structure where up to four astronauts would be able to live for short periods.
“After 20 years of continuously living in low-Earth orbit, we’re now ready for the next great challenge of space exploration — the development of a sustained presence on and around the moon,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine stated.
In the same statement, he continued and said, “For years to come, Artemis will serve as our North Star as we continue to work toward even greater exploration of the moon, where we will demonstrate key elements needed for the first human mission to Mars.”
Promoting commercialization of low-Earth orbit
This extremely exciting report is describing a three-domain strategy for long-term exploration under the Artemis project. The main aim is to promote the commercialization of low-Earth orbit, and encourage private firms to use space as a location in which they can perform research.
We recommend that you check out the original statement of NASA’s admin to find out more about this amazing concept.
Other than this, NASA made headlines not too long ago when it’s been revealed that the space agency is trying to figure out various ways to make sure that Earth remains safe, at least in this regard.
According to the latest reports, the space agency has been working really hard to upgrade the DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) mission so it can take off next July.