NASA seeks industry help for human lunar landers

Pat Wise
February 14, 2019

The Americans want to set up a base there as part of challenging goals that also include one day sending astronauts to Mars.

"For the moon, we'd like to return humans in the late 2020s", Clarke said.

The President's direction from 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.

"I want to be clear - that is not our vision".

'This time, when we go to the moon, we will stay'. We are going to the moon with innovative new technologies and systems to explore more locations across the surface than we ever thought possible.

NASA are looking at a 10 year timescale.

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Using the Gateway to land astronauts on the Moon allows the first building blocks for fully reusable lunar landers.

A call has been made by Bridenstine for "the best and brightest of American industry to help design and develop human landers". As per Bridenstine, NASA has already invited private partners to the space agency's headquarters to discuss lunar landers.

Maybe Trump forced the U.S. space agency to make its comeback to the Earth's satellite, but that was not something NASA didn't want.

NASA's chief has laid out the space agency's ambitious plan to go back to the Moon next year and, this time, to stay there and explore the satellite like never before.

Bridenstine revealed the agency's goals for the near and distant futures, including getting astronauts back to the Moon and sending the first ones to Mars. The second crew will be charged with testing vehicles created to travel on the surface of the Moon and in 2033 cosmonauts are scheduled to undertake long-distance trips on the lunar rover to conduct scientific research and test robotic systems.

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