The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has the plan to send astronauts to the moon in 2024 to stay.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine made this known at the Space Symposium, adding that the phases for lunar exploration are to get humans to the moon as fast as possible, then make it sustainable to conduct long-term missions. #Moon2024″.
People say, ‘Why are you accelerating the mission to the Moon?’ Well, because it accelerates our mission to Mars. We’re capturing the imagination of the American public.” @JimBridenstine explains how our #Moon2024 plans are ultimately taking us to our planetary neighbor.
Who will go to the Moon? The first woman and next man who will leave bootprints on the lunar surface in the next 5 years will be American astronauts.
“We need to get to more parts of the moon than we have ever gotten to ever before,” he said. “When you look at the Apollo program, we had six landings, all in the equatorial regions of the moon, and we didn’t get the full perspective, the full understanding, the science and the knowledge.”
Bridenstine also said he sees the moon as a way forward to points farther out in the solar system.
“I think a lot of people miss the fact that the moon represents an amazing proving ground for all of the technologies and the human-performance capabilities that are necessary to survive on another planet and the ability to develop in-situ utilization abilities,” Bridenstine said. “The moon represents the capabilities to do that activity for the first time, rather than doing it on Mars for the first time, where you can’t come home for another two years.”