NASA has just released updated plans for future Artemis Moon missions and, in particular, new details about setting up a lunar base and the first manned lunar landing in decades.
The space agency has set specific goals for several future missions, such as the amount of lunar ground it intends to bring to Earth and the experiments it intends to conduct, according to The Independent . The most ambitious is the plan to put a base on the South Pole of the Moon, which NASA hopes to achieve by the end of the decade.
NASA’s new 188-page report details the agency’s goals and rationale for the Artemis mission, the first permanent human outpost on another planet, which it plans to begin with the Artemis III mission in 2024. But some details may be change, based on how previous Artemis missions go.
“Even before Artemis III lands, our agency’s scientific and human research teams are working together more than ever to make sure we capitalize on each other’s strengths,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate director of NASA’s Scientific Mission Directorate. -a press release . “This report helps to shape a clear path to the science we can develop, to make a premiere on the lunar surface.”
The report’s focus is on how returning to human exploration on the moon will be crucial to NASA’s scientific and exploratory goals for the next decade. “The moon has vast scientific potential and astronauts will help us allow this science to happen,” Zurbuchen said in a statement.
The most bizarre way to build bases on the moon
The universe is big and the possibilities are practically limitless. In cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA), a team of European researchers conducted a strange experiment .
They mixed urea – the main compound found in mammalian urine – with materials, including rocks on the moon, to test whether we could one day use urine to build a lunar base – strange as it may seem.
Urea itself acted as a “plasticizer” and allowed other harder materials, in various forms, to be shaped. In their unusual experiment, the team used a rock from the moon that they mixed with urea. The big advantage: using local materials is much easier – and much cheaper – than transporting materials from Earth.