The purpose of the new landing of astronauts on the moon will be to ensure a longer stay of a person on the Earth’s satellite, which implies living and learning new technologies. This was announced on August 28 by the head of NASA, Bill Nelson.
“We need to focus on being on the moon for a longer period of time than just landing, staying there for a couple of days and leaving,” Nelson said in an interview with NBC.
According to the director of the United States space agency, humanity will go to the moon to live and study there. It is the scale of these tasks that explains the fact of such a long preparation for a new landing of astronauts on the surface of the Earth’s satellite.
Nelson added that in the short term, human habitation on the moon is impossible. To do this, we need technologies that would allow us to live on other celestial bodies.
After landing on the moon, earthlings are waiting for a trip to Mars, says the head of NASA.
On August 20, it was reported that NASA had selected potential areas for landing astronauts on the moon. It was clarified that all 13 places are located near the South Pole of the Moon. These included, among others, the edge of the Faustini crater, the high ground near the Shackleton crater, the Malapert crater and a number of other places.
On July 20, NASA announced the preliminary dates for the launch of the lunar program called Artemis.
The first manned flight of the Orion spacecraft to the Moon using the Space Launch System (SLS) launch vehicle will take place in late August – early September 2022.
The lunar program “Artemis” provides for three flights to the Earth’s satellite, at the third stage it is planned to land people. The purpose of the mission is to land people on the moon using the Orion spacecraft. NASA intends to complete the program by 2025, but does not rule out possible delays or postponements.