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NASA is planning to 'go to the Moon to stay'

By T.K. Randall
February 9, 2019 · Comment icon 12 comments

NASA is going back to the Moon. Image Credit: NASA/SAIC/Pat Rawlings
The space agency is currently seeking partners to develop reusable lunar landing vehicles.
As the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing draws closer, NASA is looking to not only repeat its 1969 success but to take things one step further by sending astronauts to the moon on a more permanent basis.

To this end, administrator Jim Bridenstine has called on American firms to develop "reusable systems for astronauts to land on the moon" with the goal of returning there within the next ten years.

"As a lifelong NASA supporter, I am thrilled to be talking once again about landing humans on the moon," he wrote. "But to some, saying we're returning to the moon implies we'll be doing the same as we did 50 years ago. I want to be clear - that is not our vision."
"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."

Things are due to get underway next week when industry partners meet up at NASA headquarters to discuss the technology needed to establish "a sustainable, human presence beyond Earth's orbit".

"That starts with the Gateway - a lunar orbiting outpost designed to ensure the safe transit of astronauts to the lunar surface and back home again," said Bridenstine.

"Billions of people around the world will watch history being made as astronauts explore more of the surface for longer periods of time than ever before, and help us prepare for missions to Mars and other destinations."

Source: Sky News | Comments (12)

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Comment icon #3 Posted by eddword 5 years ago
I can't understand why we are not inhabiting the moon today. All the talk and focus is on going to Mars. Which in comparison to going to the moon is an expensive and monumental task. Lets face it, the Moon is a lot easier and quicker to get to. In my opinion, All the tech, materials and manpower used to establish the ISS could have been better used for a Moon Base. And probably with same amount of time and money and effort. I think that there could have been hundreds of People living on he moon today and possibly some kind of industry. That is, If the space program hadn't fallen backwards. Now... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by EBE Hybrid 5 years ago
It's a shame that this hasn't happened sooner. The concepts of reusable vehicles and a gateway were introduced to the cinematic audience by Stanley Kubrick in 2001 (released before we even set foot on the moon), and let's face it the level of technology theorized was at perhaps a 1980's level!
Comment icon #5 Posted by paperdyer 5 years ago
It's going to be interesting.  Since the military isn't allowed to set up shop on the Moon, I'm sure we will be accused of spying whether we will  or not.  But this is way over due.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Seti42 5 years ago
TBH, I don't see this happening. The vast majority of the population wants the government and scientists/engineers to work on fixing all the problems here first. Climate change. Health care. Education. Crime. Homelessness. Living wages. Infrastructure repair and maintenance. Religious extremism. All these and more need to be addressed ASAP. That said, I do love the idea of space exploration...I just think sending robots, not people, is the way to do it.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Nzo 5 years ago
That is great news if its true and actually happens. It is long long overdue that we have a moon base. Personally I would love to see one that is underground and can be expanded to house and be self sufficient for at least a thousand people. Why build a space station when we have one orbiting us? Half the work is already done. And no orbit decay.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Mystify 5 years ago
Sounds like another slow drip admittance of partial truths. Lunar bases have been there for a while already. Admitting they're putting them there now is just to cover up what they already did in secrecy.
Comment icon #9 Posted by tmcom 5 years ago
Yep, NASA and lying through its teeth go hand in hand, so if they say that Mars is a dead rock, with virtually no atmosphere, then more serious study is necesscary.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 5 years ago
Yes because NASA could keep it a secret because no one else has ever sent a spacecraft there. Well no one except the  Russians... and the Europeans... oh, and India. But apart from that no one else would know... except the ground based astronomers and their ever more sophisticated instruments. Oh, and some of the many amateurs form around the world and THEIR, ever more sophisticated instruments So NASA could lie and get away with it as long as just about every non-NASA affiliated astronomer and planetary scientist in the world was also prepared to lie which, as anyone capable of logic would r... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by tmcom 5 years ago
Other countries do give us valid information, that is very different to typical NASA data. And that is available if enough digging is done, and someone has an open mind. l have only scoured through 1/4 of all Curiosity images to date, so...... And l agree a kid with a $100 telescope can point it at Mars, (at closest approach) and see what the real deal is, not the toned down, (for want of a better word) data NASA feeds to the masses.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Robotic Jew 5 years ago
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