Humans to live and work on the moon within the decade, NASA official said
- NASA expects humans to live and work on the moon by 2030, an official said.
- NASA launched an unmanned spacecraft to the moon last week, considered a key preliminary step.
Humans are on track to live and work on the moon by 2030, a NASA official has said.
"We're going to be sending people down to the surface and they're going to be living on that surface and doing science," said Howard Hu, who leads the Orion lunar spacecraft program for NASA, the BBC reported Sunday.
NASA successfully launched its powerful new Space Launch System, or SLS, rocket last week, sending the Orion spacecraft on its way towards the moon.
Orion is uncrewed this time around, as it aims to test its ability to bring a capsule to the moon and back. But next time it it expected to take astronauts with it as it circles the celestial body.
If all goes well, the same spacecraft could then be used to put humans on the moon's surface, for the first time since 1972, including the first female astronaut.
The current plan is for the crew to land near the moon's south pole, where they will spend about a week looking for signs of water. If the precious liquid is found, it could be used to help fuel rockets on their way to Mars.
This would mean permanent human settlements would need to be built to support mining and scientific activities.
"It's the first step we're taking to long-term deep space exploration, for not just the United States but for the world," Hu told the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg.
- I'm a 56-year-old IT worker who got laid off last year and have been unemployed ever since. I have a hunch I'm not finding work due to ageism. How do I prove it?
- Germany relaxes Schengen visa rules for Indians
- Kanye West says he's selling Balenciaga, Adidas, and Gap hoodies for $20 after the companies all cut ties with him
- Revenge spending effect: Household savings dip to 5 -year low
- With no signs yet of inflation cooling, experts predict more rate hikes
- Covid hit mental health of kids, young people harder than thought
- Smog envelops Delhi, AQI remains in 'very poor' category
- Egypt president to be chief guest at Republic Day celebrations