|Artist concept of gateway station courtesy John Frassanito & Associates.)|
Thursday, November 08, 2012
NASA Gearing-Up Human Spaceflight for the Moon in President Obama's Second-Term?
Space fever could soon reach a new high with rumblings about NASA announcing new manned moon missions with a possible space outpost on the menu in the wake of President Obama's re-election, notes Slate.
Following a Space.com story and earlier rumors, George Washington University professor emeritus John Logsdon, says the game plan has already been given the go-ahead by the White House.
Starting with a “gateway” deep-space station between Earth and the moon as a stepping stone out of low-Earth orbit around 2021, American astronauts would embark upon more manned missions to the moon, a manned outpost on the far side of the moon, a mission sending astronauts to an asteroid by 2025, and the commencement of manned missions to Mars by the mid-2030s.