The Earth is closing in on the year 2030, and by the time it gets there, we will have people living somewhere else. As in, another planet, or more specifically, the moon, according to the good people of NASA.
“Certainly, in this decade, we are going to have people living for durations (on the moon), depending on how long we will be on the surface,” Howard Hu, the head of the US agency’s Orion lunar program, told BBC. “They will have habitats, they will have rovers on the ground.”
Then he followed with this kicker.
“We are going to be sending people down to the surface, and they are going to be living on that surface and doing science,” he said.
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Hu knows what he’s talking about, as NASA is currently on a mission to the moon. This time, though, it doesn’t involve people. This mission is for mannequins only — as three of them, fully suited, are aboard the Artemis rocket.
“It’s the first step we’re taking to long-term deep-space exploration, for not just the United States but for the world. I think this is a historic day for Nasa, but it’s also a historic day for all the people who love human space flight and deep-space exploration,” Hu said.
“We are going back to the moon. We’re working towards a sustainable program and this is the vehicle that will carry the people that will land us back on the moon again.”
Of course, this is NASA, and its dreams never really end with the moon. After all, there are other planets out there, right?
“Moving forward is really to Mars,” Hu told BBC. “That is a bigger stepping stone, a two-year journey, so it’s going to be really important to learn beyond our Earth orbit.”