NASA Chief of Staff Jim Bridenstein said that the agency plans to build a permanent base on the lunar surface and open access to it for researchers from all over the world..
During the event dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission, the head of the Space Agency said that they intend not only to leave the flag on the satellite, but to create a full-fledged station associated with the Gateway orbital command module, which will be the launch platform for spacecraft. According to Jim Bridenstein, robots and researchers from all over the world will be able to work in the complex..
The stationary base will reduce travel costs by reusing missiles, making travel more affordable. The station will broadcast online and anyone can follow its work on the website..
NASA plans to collaborate with international partners, individuals and commercial companies. The presence of billions of tons of ice at the poles of the moon will become a source of water and oxygen to maintain the life support of the complex, and hydrogen will be used as fuel.
Jim Bridenstine also announced plans to study the moons of Jupiter and Saturn (Europa and Enceladus), which are water worlds that could potentially develop organic life. Adding that just 50 years ago, a trip to the moon was the ultimate dream of astronauts, and today such a trip is seen only as reaching the starting point.
NASA’s Plan For A Permanent Moon Base
Today, not only national, but also private companies are engaged in space development and plan to create colonies outside the Earth. Recently, one of SpaceX engineers spoke about the details of creating Martian cities. NASA is also working in this direction and has even identified the best projects for the Martian colony..
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