Space Agency NASA intends to send humans to orbit the moon already by 2024. The mission will be carried out in the framework of the first lunar orbital station Gateway and, probably, the astronauts will once again have to set foot on the surface of the natural satellite of the Earth. The Agency does not want the astronauts took a step in the same place as the crew of the historical mission of “Apollo” — a new visit should be for mankind a new challenge, the adoption of which will be another “giant leap for mankind.” The Agency already spotted a decent place to land the astronauts to the South pole of the moon.
The Agency is interested in this spot for a reason. First, the people on the South pole of the moon has never been, and secondly, the area is rich ice deposits. This has the practical benefit of the received water can be used for drinking, cooling equipment and the production of rocket fuel. We can say that this is a critical resource that will assist the astronauts in the study not only of the moon but also Mars and other planets.
The South pole is far away from the landing site of the mission “Apollo”, so it will be a new challenge for us and will give a new environment to explore.
Steven Clark, Deputy head of the Directorate of scientific missions NASA
With all this, the South pole of the moon is not a dangerous and mysterious place over it a thousand times flew space station LRO. During this time she collected a lot of information for topographic maps showing the location of ice deposits.
Now before NASA there was a new question — whether will manage the Agency to carry out the mission in a compressed five-year period? Vice-President Mike Pence suggested that this may require commercial missiles, such as private vehicles this can simply not cope.
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