NASA plans to return to the Moon and stay there

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Friday, February 8, 2019

On February 8, Jim Bridenstine, a NASA administrator, revealed that their astronauts are to travel to the Moon for the first time since 1972 and stay there. This was given in a mandate from the United States President Donald Trump as well from the United States Congress. Specifically, he said "We are going to the moon with innovative new technologies and systems to explore more locations across the surface than we ever thought possible. This time, when we go to the moon, we will stay."

During this mission, they are slated to explore how humans can safely live on extraterrestrial environments; this has been explained as a preparation for terraforming Mars and planets beyond. A critical part of this will be an outpost to be called the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway. Astronauts are planned to return within a decade.