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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 16 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 (16)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by fred_mc 11 days ago
Well, Mars has the advantage of having a much higher gravity than the moon. Perhaps that gravity would be enough to keep astronauts healthy. I don't think any experiments have been done of the long-term effects of Mars gravity, or moon gravity, only zero-gravity.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Hyperionxvii 11 days ago
Not if it's up to NASA. They couldn't even do the moon lander unmanned.† Musk is busy with the Twitter, so I guess we wait another 50 years for humans on the moon, but the Twitter twits will continue unabated. This is why we cannot have nice things.† At least they got the rocket out of low earth orbit, so maybe only 45 years, I won't hold my breath.†
Comment icon #9 Posted by Poncho_Peanatus 11 days ago
you see that Orion thingy flying around the moon as speak? thats the technology. Next mission it will be manned. †
Comment icon #10 Posted by Dreamer screamer 10 days ago
What? Explain please.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Poncho_Peanatus 7 days 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 7 days ago
uhh... that never happened. This did, though;
Comment icon #13 Posted by Saru 6 days 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 6 days 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 4 days 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 3 days ago
How about fixing here before wrecking other places. We shouldn't be messing with the moon anyway.

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