“We are going back to the Moon (…) to learn how to live on the Moon, in order to prepare ourselves to send humans to Mars”, declared this Sunday the boss of NASA.
Living and working on the Moon. This is what NASA, and more specifically the director of the lunar space program Orion for the American space agency, Howard Hu, is proposing. In an interview with the BBC this Sunday, November 20, the scientist returns to the Artemis 1 mission.
A “historic day for space exploration“, welcomed Howard Hu, who considers the takeoff of the mega-rocket as “the first step towards long-term space exploration, not just for the United States, but for the whole world“.
“We are going back to the Moon, we are working on a sustainable program and this is the vehicle that will bring people back to the Moon again», he added. According to the scientist, men will live on the satellite of the Earth from “this decade“.
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After several postponements, the most powerful rocket in the world took off last Wednesday, November 16 from Florida. After this first mission, Artémis 2 will take astronauts around the Moon in 2024 without landing. Then Artémis 3 will mark the return of man to the satellite in 2025.
NASA then plans one mission per year to build a space station in orbit around the Moon and a base on its south pole. This project must prepare a manned flight to Mars, towards the end of the 2030s.We are going back to the Moon (…) to learn how to live on the Moon, in order to prepare ourselves to send humans to MarsNasa boss Bill Nelson said at a press conference after the launch of the mega-rocket.