It’s hard to believe that it has been 45 years since an American stepped foot on the moon. After the recession, it didn’t appear that the US would ever be going back. The days of Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins visiting the moon were thought to have been lost relics of time, but now it appears that we’re going back to the moon by 2024 — to stay.
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In early May, President Trump and his administration announced Americans will be taking to the stars again providing $1.6 billion for NASA’s 2024 moon venture, according to Space.com. Talk of space travel quieted down for a few weeks after that until NASA released an nearly four-minute video detailing how they plan to bring Americans back to the moon.
The video starts off NASA acknowledging their previous accomplishments, then moving forward to speak about the future of the space program. Shortly into the video, NASA explains that they hope to have Americans live on the moon by 2024.
The “Space Launch System” (SLS) is designed to send humans into deep space with massive amounts of cargo and then return them safely back to earth all in one trip, according to NASA.gov. More than 1,000 American companies worked to bring this advanced rocket into a new era.
The video then reveals that “Orion,” a capsule that will be mounted on the SLS, will carry a crew of four.
In an effort to keep astronauts in space longer without having to head back to earth, NASA announced “Gateway,” a small spaceship that will essentially sit in the moon’s orbit and operate as a base where research can be conducted and other advanced technologies can be used.
Finally, NASA spoke about the discovery of frozen ice on the moon in early 2009. In essence, they believe this would allow astronauts to have water, oxygen or additional hydrogen fuel for their rocket as they venture into deep space.
If this video is any indication of future events, it seems the moon will simply be a jumping off point for deep space exploration putting Mars and other planets well within our reach.