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. So says NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine in a bold essay that envisions astronauts exploring the moon with new technology and using the lunar surface as a base to explore Mars and other destinations, Sky News reports.
Across the Atlantic, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine commented on USA plans for a lunar mission posted on the Ozy news outlet yesterday.
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.
Through multi-phased lunar exploration partnerships, NASA is asking American companies to study the best approach to landing astronauts on the moon and start the development as quickly as possible with current and future anticipated technologies.
NASA hopes to land astronauts on the moon once again "within the next decade". Private sector innovation is key to these NASA missions, and the NextSTEP public-private partnership model is advancing capabilities for human spaceflight while stimulating commercial activities in space.
The Americans want to set up a base there as part of challenging goals that also include one day sending astronauts to Mars. Initially NASA expects two of the lander elements to be reusable and refueled by cargo ships carrying fuel from Earth to the Gateway. But, Musk's comments could also mean that the firm is simultaneously making plans to get to the Moon. Just as SpaceX has become a major NASA partner in short order, this new call out for cooperation with private industry could bring some new faces into the NASA fold and give the agency the boost it needs to send man to the Moon once more.