This decade is expected to see humans living on the moon

NASA hopes to have humans living on the moon within this decade. So says Howard Hu, director of the US space agency’s Orion lunar program. On the BBC’s “Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg” he talks about the bold plan: “We will send people to the moon and they will live on the surface and do science.”

Hu hopes to put the plan into practice after ensuring the safety of components and systems Artemis-Rocket is guaranteed. After years of delays and billions in cost overruns, the rocket took off on its lunar mission on Wednesday. It will launch an empty space capsule into a wide orbit around the moon, from where the capsule will return to Earth with a water landing in the Pacific Ocean in December.

Hu adds, “This is the first step in long-term space exploration not only for the United States, but for the entire world. We’re going back to the moon, we’re working on a sustainable program, and this is a mode of transportation that will carry people.”

“The Moon will develop into a new economic area that will flourish in the next decade,” says Josef Aschbacher, Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA). “We are only at the beginning of sustainable use of the Moon for our projects.

NASA wants to send four astronauts to the moon on its next flight in 2024 and land 2,025 people there. The space agency hopes to have a base on the moon and send astronauts to Mars by the late 2030s or early 2040s.

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