Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
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NASA Plans To Return To The Moon To Stay There

NASA Plans To Return To The Moon To Stay There

We are going to the moon with innovative new technologies and systems to explore more locations across the surface than we ever thought possible. "This time, when we go to the moon, we will stay", he wrote on Ozy.

With a goal to send humans to the Moon again, NASA is seeking help from US-based companies to build lunar landers and reusable systems for astronauts to land on the Earth's natural satellite.

Bridenstine went on to say NASA is eager to get started "as quickly as possible" and have already committed to working with nine U.S. companies to start sending new science instruments to the moon's surface on commercial cargo deliveries.

"The previous lunar night saw the Chang'e-4 lander record a temperature low of -190 degrees Celsius (-310 Fahrenheit), with measurements made possible by a Russian-developed radioisotope thermoelectric generator which also acts as a prototype for future deep-space exploration", added Space News.

Even before humans set foot back on the dusty lunar surface, Nasa has plenty of non-humanoid moon plans in the pipeline.

Bridenstine said that NASA will begin to proceed with its plans next week, when partners from private industry and elsewhere will visit the space agency's headquarters to discuss lunar landers.

He said NASA was planning to send astronauts "to the moon and eventually to Mars and beyond" and that it was "an exciting time to be leading America's space programme". The moon is a very manageable three days travel from Earth.

The Gateway will be a space station positioned in orbit around the Moon that will serve as a jumping-off point for missions to and from the surface.

The Americans want to set up a base there as part of challenging goals that also include one day sending astronauts to Mars.

NASA published a formal request for proposals to an appendix of the second Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP-2) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) on February 7, and responses are due March 25.

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