NASA administrator says agency plans to 'go to the Moon and stay'

Olive Hawkins
February 11, 2019

At the same time the Russians are planning to send astronauts to the moon in 2031 to set up experiments by the Russian Academy of Sciences, report Sputnik who claims to have had access to documents from the Russian Central Research Institute of Machine Building.

In a new blog post, NASA welcomes companies to participate in its search for reusable systems that will reliably deliver astronauts to the lunar surface and get them home safely.

The President's Space Policy Directive-1 galvanizes NASA's return to the Moon and builds on progress on the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft, efforts with commercial and worldwide partners, and knowledge gained from current robotic presence at the Moon and Mars. Jim Bridenstine, NASA's administrator confirmed this news, and he made it clear that the primary aim of this upcoming mission is not just collecting samples and returning to earth, but to make humans stay on earth's one and only natural satellite. "This time, when we go to the moon, we will stay".

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"That starts with the Gateway - a lunar orbiting outpost created to ensure the safe transit of astronauts to the lunar surface and back home again". He also stated that the USA space agency contracted nine private space companies "to send cargo to the moon, with the ultimate goal being to develop landers that can take astronauts back to the surface of the Earth's satellite", according to The Independent. However the NASA chief clarified that sending humans to the moon again does not mean doing "the same as we did 50 years ago".

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to set foot on the moon in 1969. After all, the last time humans visited it was 1972.

Mr Bridenstine said: "More than two-thirds of Americans today were not even alive to witness the six successful Apollo moon landings, myself included. This time, when we go to the moon, we will stay", he added. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of, its sponsors or advertisers.

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