NASA Plans Annual Trips to the Moon After Almost
NASA hasn’t been to the moon since 1972, but starting in 2021, the agency plans to make trips to the moon every year through 2030.
From 2024 until 2030, crewed Artemis missions would once again put humans on the moon, including the first woman to set foot there, which NASA has said it aims to accomplish in 2024.
The reason for the sudden refocusing on the moon after years of no missions is to gain experience on the moon that would give way future human Mars exploration. NASA wants to test out things like how long-term human spaceflight affects astronaut health, establishing out to live sustainably on another planetary body, and gaining experiences to develop the systems and operations that would be needed to explore the more difficult surface of Mars.
The Moon-to-Mars campaign alone will set NASA back $12,371 million, which includes over $3 million for the development of a lunar Human Landing System, which will be the first funding for human landing since the Apollo missions.
The companies will first have to bid on proposals to provide deliveries to the lunar surface via NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative, which is part of the Artemis program. Those selected will use their technology to land a range of equipment on the lunar surface beginning in 2021.标签：