NASA reels out plan to send man to the surface of the moon in 10-yrs
NASA is planning to send astronauts to a space station in lunar orbit by 2024 and return them to the surface of the Moon within 10 years.
These goals were announced on Monday, August 27, during a NASA presentation on the proposed lunar space station dubbed the Deep Space Gateway, which will be designed as an outpost for astronauts who will eventually travel into deep space.
Gateway’s features will include a habitat module for astronauts, a module to generate power and propulsion which airlock space vehicles can use to dock at the space station.
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Like the International Space Station (ISS), Gateway will also serve as a site for science research.
While NASA hopes to build the power module through a partnership with a private company, no contracts for its construction have yet been awarded. The space agency hopes to launch this module by 2022.
The power module will be launched on a commercial rocket while the habitat module will launch on NASA’s new large rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), which will undergo its first flight, Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1), carrying an un-crewed Orion capsule around the Moon.
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