NASA is accelerating plans to return Americans to the Moon, and this time, the US space agency says it will be there to stay.
Jim Bridenstine, NASA's administrator, told reporters Thursday that the agency plans to speed up plans backed by President Donald Trump to return to the moon, using private companies.
"It's important that we get back to the moon as fast as possible," Bridenstine said in a meeting at NASA's Washington headquarters, adding he hoped to have the astronaut back there by 2028.
"This time, when we go he said.
"We're doing it completely different than that," he said. "We're doing it completely different than Everything else we do is we make it sustainable, so you can regularly go back and forth regularly with humans. "
The last person to walk on the Moon was Eugene Cernan in December 1
Before the humans set foot on the lunar surface again, NASA aims to land an unmanned vehicle on the Moon by 2024 and is already inviting bids from the burgeoning private sector to build the probe.
The deadline for bids is March 25, with a first selection due in May, a tight timeline for an agency whose pa
"For us, if we had any wish, I would like to fly this calendar year. We want to go fast, "said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator at NASA's Science Mission Directorate.
However, he admitted that" we may not be able to. "
NASA's accelerated plans for the Space Policy Directive that
NASA plans to build a small space station, dubbed Gateway, in the Moon's orbit by 2026. It will serve as a
As with the ISS, NASA would seek the participation of other countries, such as the International Space Station (ISS), now in the Earth's orbit, Bridenstine said.
"Before we started this manned program, we would like to provide some of the necessary necessary, such as the modules for the Moon station or vehicles to allow landings on the surface."
"We want many providers contributing to cost and innovation." , NASA is also pushin To send scientific instruments and other technological tools to the Moon in 2020 or even before the end of this year.
"We care about speed," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator at NASA's Science Mission Directorate.
"We care about speed," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator at NASA's Science Mission Directorate. . "We do not expect that every one of those launches or every one of those landings will be successful. We are taking risks."
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