UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — NASA director James Breidenstein said the agency was seeking to bring down a single astronaut on the moon by 2024.
In a speech to the staff at NASA headquarters in Washington, the director of the agency did not rule out that the crew of the lunar capsule had two astronauts instead of one.
The final goal of the project is limited to the return of the United States to the moon, Breidenstein said. Lunar Gateway, a lunar orbital station, will be a means of achieving that mission.
The station is expected to become a permanent center for the command and maintenance of lunar capsules landing on the moon.
The director of NASA said he personally preferred to achieve the idea of landing two or more crews at both ends of the moon both bright and dark.
US Vice President Mike Pines earlier announced that the first man or woman to land on the moon would be from the United States, noting that the orbital Lunar Gateway would not resemble the gradually constructed International Space Station. He said the purpose of the station was to take down an American astronaut on the moon as soon as possible.
In a symposium held last February at NASA headquarters, Breidenstein said the US lunar project would include not only Lunar Gateway, but also a space infrastructure linking the Earth to its moon and manned stations on the moon.
The project will be for each country that wishes to participate in its realization.
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