NASA seeks industry help for human lunar landers

NASA seeks industry help for human lunar landers

"We are inviting industry and other potential partners to meet with us next week at NASA headquarters to discuss human lunar landers", NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine wrote in an op-ed at news site OZY.com on Friday.

"For the moon, we'd like to return humans in the late 2020s", Clarke said.

"I want to be clear - that is not our vision".

When NASA again sends humans to the Moon, the surface will be buzzing with new research and robotic activity, and there will be more opportunities for discovery than ever before. With the Gateway up and running NASA envisions travel to the Moon becoming much easier, with astronauts harvesting material from the lunar surface to make rocket fuel: Using the Gateway to land astronauts on the Moon allows the first building blocks for fully reusable lunar landers. This time NASA plans to get to parts of the moon they haven't discovered yet.

He said NASA was planning to send astronauts "to the moon and eventually to Mars and beyond" and that it was "an exciting time to be leading America's space programme".

He said: "That starts with the Gateway - a lunar orbiting outpost created to ensure the safe transit of astronauts to the lunar surface and back home again".

Bridenstine added: 'The Gateway will be the home base for the first reusable human lunar lander system. NASA has asked companies to research and come up with the ideal way to land humans on the Moon's surface as it wants to begin the development soon enough.

Bridenstine said: "Billions of people around the world will watch history being made as astronauts explore more of the surface for longer periods of time than ever before, and help us prepare for missions to Mars and other destinations".

"But unlike Apollo, this time we're going to the moon to stay, and from there we'll take the next giant leap in deep space exploration".

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