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Work on lunar space station to begin in 2019


Posted on Saturday, 21 April, 2018 | Comment icon 5 comments

Mankind is about to return to the Moon. Image Credit: NASA
NASA has revealed that its ambitious Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway will launch as early as 2022.
Designed as a bridge between the Moon and deep space, the new space station will have a crew of up to four astronauts at a time and will, in the future, act as a stepping stone to Mars.

It will also make it easier for astronauts to pay a visit to the surface of the Moon.

"We want to understand orbital mechanics around the Moon a little better, far from the Earth's deep gravity well," said NASA Associate Administrator William Gerstenmaier.

"Doing things in this region, where gravity isn't such a big driver... is a different way of operating."

Lockheed Martin's new manned capsule Orion will be used to shuttle astronauts to the station.

"Development of the gateway has great momentum, and we are providing our expertise as NASA looks to industry to bring know-how to this important effort," the aerospace firm stated.

Budget-wise, the new station is also well funded and offers much in the way of flexibility.

"It's got fiscal realism, and it's also adaptable," said Gernstenmaier. "It can adapt to commercial partners. It's not a rigid program of one mission following another."

"As long as we view the moon as a stepping stone and not an end goal, I think we're OK."

Source: Tech Times | Comments (5)

Tags: Lunar, Gateway

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Woodwose on 21 April, 2018, 19:30
It's a damn shame we haven't worked out how to make large quantities of Graphene yet. We could be building O'neill cylinders and enormous moon bases for peanuts, instead of faffing about spending christ knows how much on regular space stations. Would still be a step in the right direction if this ever comes to fruition though.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Nzo on 21 April, 2018, 23:24
This is a perfect example of how bad NASA is. You have a stationary moon with very low gravity that can be used to house tens of thousands if you wanted. Instead they would rather waste money on a space station orbiting the moon? Why not a moon base? It makes absolutely no sense. Another fine example of why NASA needs to either be deleted from existence or retrofitted. These people have no idea what they are doing. Totally mismanaged and absolutely mismanaged.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 21 April, 2018, 23:56
What a load of anti-NASA drivel. The moon is stationary? What are you talking about, the moon is not stationary it orbits the Earth. Why not a moon base? Because the technology to land large enough components on the moon to build a moon base does not yet exist and will take some time (and a lot of money) to develop. An orbiting lunar station can, however, be built with technology which already exists. NASA has been directed by the President of the USA to return USA astronauts to the moon. The path they have been directed to follow involves the construction of an INTERNATIONAL orbiting station ... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by Noxasa on 22 April, 2018, 12:26
Well at least NASA is getting back to its original charter...space science and exploration rather than the diversion it had for years pertaining to Earth political science.   Nice to see their eye back on the ball.  Now whether this is a good idea or not is debatable, but at least it's in the right general direction...that is...space!
Comment icon #5 Posted by Mr.United_Nations on 22 April, 2018, 16:40
So how would you do it? If you say something like this please make a case against it


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