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NASA to send humans to the moon once again – ‘but this time we’ll stay’

NASA to send humans to the moon once again – ‘but this time we’ll stay’

The new NASA challenge is following the directive signed by President Donald Trump on December 11 instructing NASA to send USA astronauts to the Moon for the first time since the Apollo 17 mission 45 years ago.

The most ambitious space project of the Chinese space agency, so far, the Chang'e-4 mission to the dark side of the Moon, goes standby mode into preparation for the second lunar night which might lower the temperatures to minus 190 degrees Celsius.

Next week partners from private industry are being invited to NASA's headquarters to discuss lunar landers.

The President's Space Policy Directive-1 galvanizes NASA's return to the Moon and builds on progress on the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft, efforts with commercial and worldwide partners, and knowledge gained from current robotic presence at the Moon and Mars.

"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", said Jim Bridenstine, the NASA administrator.

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". The construction of the first Russian lunar base is set to begin in 2034 and continue in 2035.

Now, as NASA prepares to revisit the Moon within the next decade, the space agency is reaching out to the private sector in the hopes of streamlining the development of the technologies that will allow astronauts to make the journey. After all, the last time humans visited it was 1972.

"As a lifelong NASA supporter, I am thrilled to be talking once again about landing humans on the moon".

'More than two-thirds of Americans today were not even alive to witness the six successful Apollo moon landings, myself included, ' he said.

"Extraordinary as they were, for many the lunar expeditions are facts from history books or stories told by older relatives".

"This time when we go to the moon, we will stay".

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