NASA’s plans for lunar surface sustainability were primarily focused on the Artemis program, which aims to return humans to the Moon by 2024 and establish a sustainable presence there. While I don’t have specific information on recent developments after September 2021, I can provide you with an overview of the concepts and goals that NASA has outlined.
NASA’s lunar surface sustainability concept involves several key aspects:
- Lunar Gateway, The Gateway will serve as a staging point for lunar missions and provide a platform for scientific research and technology demonstrations.
- Lunar Lander, Human Landing System HLS will be reusable and capable of supporting long-duration surface stays.
- Surface Habitat, This habitat will provide astronauts with a safe living and working environment, enabling them to conduct research, explore the Moon, and develop technologies necessary for future deep space missions.
- Resource Utilization These resources can be used for life support, fuel production, and construction, reducing the need for resupply from Earth.
- International and Commercial Collaboration with other space agencies, private companies, and international partners will help share the costs, expertise, and resources required for a sustainable lunar presence.
- Science and Exploration Artemis program strongly emphasizes scientific research and exploration. NASA aims to conduct experiments, study the lunar environment, and better understand the Moon’s geology, potential resources, and its role in the solar system’s history.
Last Updated: Apr 3, 2020Editor: Cheryl Warner, NASA Outlines Lunar Surface Sustainability Concept.