Nasa will send human astronauts to live in a 'permanent' moon base by 2024

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Nasa astronauts will soon be living in a base orbiting the moon, US Vice President Mike Pence has claimed. Speaking at Nasa’s Johnson Space Centre on August 23, Donald Trump’s second-in-command set out his vision for the future of American space exploration. He said a new space HQ would be up and running by 2024.

 

‘While our sights are once again set on our lunar neighbour, this time we’re not content with just leaving behind footprints – or even to leave at all,’ Pence said. ‘The time has come, we really believe, for the United States of America to take what we have learned over these so many decades, put Nasa’s ingenuity and creativity to work, and establish a permanent presence around and on the moon.’ Nasa is currently developing a satellite called the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway, which will launch into space in 2022 and will serve as a staging post for a mission into deep space. Pence continued: ‘We’re only a few short years away from launching the Gateway’s first building blocks into space, turning science fiction into science fact. And our administration’s working tirelessly to put an American crew aboard the Lunar Orbital Platform before the end of 2024.’

The Vice President vowed that Trump would make the American space programme great again. ‘The cancellation of previous efforts to reach the moon said to Nasa, said to our country, to the entire world, that America was no longer serious about human space exploration,’ he added. ‘We talked about going to Mars, but without the moon as a stepping stone, without stronger commercial partnerships to help us get there, a crewed mission to the Red Planet was not much more than a mirage. “But these days are over: America will lead mankind to the stars once again.’

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