Jim Bridental, a NASA administrator, told reporters on Thursday that the agency plans to speed up plans backed by President Donald Trump to return to the Moon using private companies.
"It's important to get back to the moon as quickly as possible," Bridentalina told a meeting at NASA's headquarters, adding that he hoped to have astronauts there by 2028
"This time we go We will not leave any flags and traces, and then we will come back home so we do not go back 50 years, "he said." We do it quite differently from that. What we do is make it sustainable so we can go back and forth regularly with people. "
The last person to walk on the moon was Eugene Chernan in December 1
972. During the mission of Apollo 17
Before people once again stepped onto the moon, NASA aims to land a unmanned vehicle on the Moon by 2024 and has already invites offers from the growing private sector to build the probe.The deadline for submitting offers is March 25, the first selection is expected in May – a short deadline for an agency whose first projects have gone through many years and the billions are
"For us, if we had anything desirable is, I would like to fly in this calendar year. We want to go quickly, "said Thomas Zurbuheen, Associate Administrator of the NASA Mission Statement.
However, he admitted that" we may not be able to. "The Trump was signed in December 2017, provides a return to the Moon before a pilots mission to Mars, probably in the 2030s.
NASA plans to build a small space station called the Gateway in the orbit of the moon by 2026 to travel to and from the moon surface, but there is no to be a permanent crew such as the International Space Station (ISS), currently in orbit on the Earth
As with the ISS, NASA will seek the participation of other countries,
"We want multiple suppliers to compete for costs and innovation," said Bridental.
Prior to this pilot program, NASA also seeks to send scientific instruments and other technological tools to the moon in 2020 or even before the end of this year.
The Agency also calls for quick offers to produce and deploy such tools by offering financial incentives to become this quickly.
"We are interested in speed," said Thomas Zurbuhen, a lawyer at the Science Directorate, "We do not expect each of these launches or each of these releases to be successful.
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