NASA is aiming to send the next man and the first woman to the icy South Pole of the moon by 2024, as directed by President Donald Trump. The space agency says it’s trying to make the moon return happen as soon as possible and by all means necessary. The South Pole is Nasa’s current target for exploration because scientists have observed evidence of lots of ice in the craters there. The presence of ice means that moon water could potentially be used as a resource for future missions. Moon water could help astronauts explore the moon for longer or even stay there. The space agency is working on a reusable human lunar landing system that will take astronauts to the moon and back. This reusable system will rely on a small spaceship that Nasa is building called Gateway. Gateway will orbit the moon and act as a temporary home, office and laboratory for astronauts. Nasa is planning to set up more moon missions from this moon orbiting space craft by 2028. Associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at Nasa William Gerstenmaier said: “The Gateway can be positioned in a variety of orbits around the Moon, allows for… Read full this story
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