Over the last several months, the US space agency is focusing on returning to the Moon. Before a crewed mission, NASA wants to deliver tools, instruments, and other equipment to the Earth’s natural satellite to study it in greater details than ever. In this regard, NASA wants companies to develop all kind of instrument to send them to the Moon.
All this returning to the Moon thing is a last-minute decision NASA took, encouraged to send human crews to the Moon by the Trump administration that wants to reinforce the US presence in space exploration missions. But the ultimate goal would be Mars and a manned mission to Mars to put the basis for the future colonization of the Red Planet.
Naturally, the US space agency plans to prepare the future Mars mission by returning to the Moon and exploring our natural satellite. They also plan to build the renowned Gateway and a lunar base to ease up the preparation process for the upcoming mission to the Red Planet.
NASA Wants Companies To Make Instruments To Send Them To The Moon
Now, before sending humans back to the Moon, the US space agency asked companies to make instruments, tools, and other equipment NASA would send to our natural satellite to study it in more significant details.
“The strategy is that these early missions will help us prepare for more complex future missions such as searching for usable resources, building up a seismic network to understand the Moon’s internal structure, and studying the lunar mineralogy and chemistry to understand the Moon’s origins,” explained Steve Clarke from NASA in a statement on this topic.
“NASA is also looking forward to supporting US industry efforts to provide more commercial exploration services for multiple customers, including NASA,” Steve Clarke added.
The US space agency adopted this strategy to tackle the tight budget and timeline for the returning to the Moon mission.
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