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Pence: 'we will return astronauts to the Moon'

By T.K. Randall
October 6, 2017 · Comment icon 24 comments

It has been almost five decades since mankind first landed on the Moon. Image Credit: NASA
US Vice-President Mike Pence has reiterated America's intentions to send humans back to the lunar surface.
Speaking at the National Space Council this week, Pence stated that the Moon would act as a 'stepping stone' to venturing further out in to the solar system.

"We will return astronauts to the Moon - not only to leave behind footprints and flags, but to build the foundation we need to send Americans to Mars and beyond," he said.

He also noted that NASA would need to reassert itself with regard to its goals and policies.

"The president has charged us with laying the foundation for America to maintain a constant commercial human presence in low-Earth orbit," he said.
"From there, we will turn our attention back toward our celestial neighbors."

Recently it was revealed that NASA would be working with the Russian space agency Roscosmos towards the goal of building a lunar space station as part of its 'Deep Space Gateway' programme.

"The partners intend to develop international technical standards which will be used later, in particular to create a space station in lunar orbit," Roscosmos said in a statement.

If everything goes to plan, there is a chance that the project could go ahead within the next ten years.

Source: BBC News | Comments (24)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #15 Posted by kartikg 6 years ago
let those who want to explore, explore, you can stay back here, if everyone in the past was same like you people would not have discovered new lands and wonders.
Comment icon #16 Posted by freetoroam 6 years ago
lol, there is a bit of a difference between exploring land on Earth and exploring other planets.  I think it is amazing what NASA are doing and have been doing in space exploration and am all for their work in the future, but some people think the human race will one day be flying out to the moon or Mars or where ever, to live, let me remind you about the vigorous training the astronauts have to do just to go into space, and that is for a limited time, the likes of the majority of people on this planet would not stand a chance out there, you have one little sniffle, you would not even get thro... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by kartikg 6 years ago
well because earth might face an extinction event as in the past and that is good enough for us to have a second home. Can this be done? i don't know for sure. But let's say it's possible and we need to send lots of men there at that point either we will have tech which will reduce the need for very rigorous physical training or people will be paid to take the risk and reduce the standard of training just like when prisoners or poor people signed up for sea voyages volutinarily. the bottle neck is technology nothing else. 
Comment icon #18 Posted by taniwha 6 years ago
Yes, Earth is our best chance of survival, it's our only chance. Putting everything into perspective what do we see? Firstly we are already soaring the universe on a giant spaceship which nature has kindly given us. We are all of us astronauts in the greater sense.   If perspective does provide wisdom then we as a species need to adapt fast and change our attitudes for woe awaits the unbelievers.  We need to apply our knowledge to solving the problems of greed, injustice, corruption, hate, division, overcrowding, disease, unease pollution.... We need to step-out-of-body and conjure up fresh id... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by taniwha 6 years ago
A nefarious plan, kartikg. Imagine travelling all those thousands of light years and waking up out of hyperdreams...   ... "Uhhhh!!!! Where are all the woman?".... .... Extinction guaranteed! 
Comment icon #20 Posted by taniwha 6 years ago
At least we have PlayStation 4
Comment icon #21 Posted by Hammerclaw 6 years ago
We have already evolved to the point where we can leave the planet; the only species to ever look back on the Earth from the other side of the sky. Philosophical moral judgementalisms aside, that is the reality we face. Some will embrace the future, while others will flee, at least in their minds, back to some mythical simpler time, that never really existed. You can't walk backward, into the future.
Comment icon #22 Posted by taniwha 6 years ago
So we agree.  The future is now.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Unfortunately 6 years ago
I just had to say this is written absolutely beautifully. 
Comment icon #24 Posted by travelnjones 6 years ago
In vesting is space has a 'uge return in technology back here on earth.  Solving hard problems generates awesome solutions that can be sold as a multitude of applications, first space race proved this. Plus a frontier is the birthright of every human

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