US media said that although leaving footprints on Mars may not be realized soon, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) decided to send the astronauts to the moon again, and this time is not only a small step.
According to the US Science Fiction Channel website on February 18th, NASA Director Jim Bridedenstin recently showed this decision to all participants at a meeting held at NASA headquarters. A week ago, NASA issued a wide-ranging agency announcement to solicit commercial designs for lunar landers, space tugs and refueling systems to allow humans to permanently and sustainably reside on the moon.
The real launch of NASA to the Earth is the No. 1 Space Policy Directive. NASA will use its lunar orbit platform, the Deep Space Portal, as a spacecraft to fly to the moon. Think of the Deep Air Portal as a zero-gravity hybrid of ferry and truck stops. The lander consists of a landing pod and a reusable ascending pod that will travel to and from the low moon orbit by a transfer tool and finally land on the lunar surface.
Since the Deep Space Portal is still under construction in the moon space, NASA will conduct a non-manner landing test in 2024. These landers themselves will be provided by a number of companies, one of which is likely to be a space exploration technology company. Northrop Grumman and Boeing also hope to be considered.
In 2026, astronauts will fly into the Deep Space portal on the Orion spacecraft. The Orion spacecraft will also be equipped with an ascending cabin for the lunar lander. The landing pod and transfer tool will be launched by a separate commercial rocket to the Deep Space Portal. After the two cabin combinations of the lunar lander, the lander will conduct a full landing test and return to the Deep Space Portal.
To 2028, the Orion spacecraft will send four astronauts to the Deep Space Portal. They will put down an airlock cabin there. Commercial launches will undertake cargo and refueling missions as well as provide a new lunar landing pod. The astronauts will use the transport tool to land on the low moon orbit in the lander, and then the lander will be separated from the transporter and land on the moon after nearly 60 years.