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Humans will be living on the Moon by 2030, says NASA's Orion chief

By T.K. Randall
November 22, 2022 · Comment icon 19 comments

We're going back to the Moon and this time it's to stay. Image Credit: NASA
The success of this month's Artemis I mission has placed us on track to see humans living and working on the Moon within 10 years.
With NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion capsule proving a success following the launch of Artemis I last week, it seems as though the space agency's efforts to land humans on the Moon within the next three years are going very much according to plan.

If this continues, then it will ultimately open the door to the founding of a permanent manned outpost on the Moon that could see humans living and working there just as they do on the International Space Station.

According to Howard Hu, who heads up NASA's Orion program, this could happen as soon as 2030.

"[Artemis I] is the first step we're taking to long-term deep space exploration, for not just the United States but for the world," he told the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg.
"And I think this is an historic day for NASA, but it's also an historic day for all the people who love human space flight and deep space exploration."

"I mean, we are going back to the Moon, we're working towards a sustainable program and this is the vehicle that will carry the people that will land us back on the Moon again."

"We're going to be sending people down to the surface and they're going to be living on that surface and doing science. It's really going to be very important for us to learn a little bit beyond our Earth's orbit and then do a big step when we go to Mars."

"And the Artemis missions enable us to have a sustainable platform and transportation system that allows us to learn how to operate in that deep space environment."

As things stand, Artemis 3 - which will land humans on the Moon - is scheduled to launch in 2025.

Source: Business Insider | Comments (19)

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Comment icon #10 Posted by Dreamer screamer 1 year ago
What? Explain please.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Poncho_Peanatus 1 year ago
what is there to explain, the Orion capsule flying around the moon is the technology, the next one will be manned, the one after that will have a lander, apparently from SpaceX. So its all good.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Occupational Hubris 1 year ago
uhh... that never happened. This did, though;
Comment icon #13 Posted by Saru 1 year ago
This is incorrect, NASA never made such a statement - it's a common misconception based on something astronaut Don Pettit said in 2016.
Comment icon #14 Posted by acute 1 year ago
Yeah, right..... and they said humans would be living on the Isle of Man by 2020, but nope! Still Manx.
Comment icon #15 Posted by iSerena 1 year ago
The last man on the moon was in 1972, let me just repeat that 1972. So in 7 years humans will be living on the moon? When we haven't even gone back. Utter nonsense! These ridiculous predictions are getting very old & played out. Elon musk & his billions still haven't even made it to orbit after all their predictions & plans of SpaceX. 
Comment icon #16 Posted by openozy 1 year ago
How about fixing here before wrecking other places. We shouldn't be messing with the moon anyway.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Poncho_Peanatus 1 year ago
And what is this then?  It seems Elon and his billions made it to orbit. So SpaceX is doing well. Next time Serena educate yourself.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Poncho_Peanatus 1 year ago
Why not? It's right there. If you want rather to fix things here just go ahead 
Comment icon #19 Posted by openozy 1 year ago
Because the moon affects the tides, life and light here. Start messing with it and who knows what the outcome will be. I do want everyone to fix things here, you included mate. 

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