NASA is going to start sending up dummy rovers to see if shooting up commercial ships containing living, breathing humans is a possibility for mankind by 2024.
They plan is to study chemicals on the lunar surface, including water and other compounded materials, to see if it’s safe and suitable for tourists in 2028.
The rover will be able to get up to 300 and 500 kilograms in carry-on luggage and will act as a central base for the space station, Gateway. It’s well-known that Tesla’s main-man, Elon Musk, wants to populate Mars soon, so NASA wants to step up to the challenge again.
“We’ve been given an ambitious and exciting goal. History has proven when we’re given a task by the president, along with the resources and the tools, we can deliver,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “We are committed to making this happen. We have the people to achieve it. Now, we just need bipartisan support and the resources to get this done.”
“First, we are focused on speed to land the next man, and first woman, on the Moon by 2024. Second, we will establish sustainable missions by 2028. To do that, we need our powerful Space Launch System to put the mass of reusable systems into deep space,” he said.
This time, when we go to the Moon, we will stay. And then we will use what we learn on the Moon to take the next giant leap – sending astronauts to Mars.
– NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
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