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Moon to Mars! NASA reveals plans for human presence in space

NASA shared its plan for Moon to Mars exploration, that will enable human deep Space Movement and Exploration. Here’s what you should know.

| Updated on: Sep 23 2022, 22:12 IST
NASA In Pics: Stunning images of Soyuz launch captured by International Space Station
1/5 NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station witnessed the launch of the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft which took off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on September 21, carrying one NASA astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts. (Bob Hines/Twitter)
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2/5 NASA astronaut Frank Rubio and two cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin arrived at the International Space Station on September 21, making a total of 10 residents aboard the ISS at least until the end of the week. Many of them will depart the ISS in the coming week as their 6-month tenure aboard the orbiting lab comes to an end. (AP)
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3/5 European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti posted mesmerizing images of the launch on her Twitter. She wrote, “We had a spectacular view of the #Soyuz launch! Sergey, Dmitry and Frank will come knocking on our door in just a couple of hours … looking forward to welcoming them to their new home!” (Samantha Cristoforetti/Twitter)
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4/5 NASA astronaut Bob Hines also shared images of the launch on his Twitter page. He wrote, “Ever wonder what a [rocket] launch looks like from space? It’s amazing!!” The NASA and ESA astronauts seem excited to welcome their new co-workers aboard the spacecraft, despite the ongoing tensions with Russia. (Bob Hines/Twitter)
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5/5 According to NASA, all three newly arrived astronauts are part of the Expedition 68 crew which will take the research aboard the spacecraft for a period of 6 months. NASA said,” Throughout their six-month stay aboard the orbital outpost, the trio will work on science and research in technology development, Earth science, biology, human research, and more.” (Bob Hines/Twitter)
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ASA’s Moon to Mars exploration plan will expand the human presence in space. (NASA)

NASA is working towards establishing permanent human presence in space over the coming years. For better execution of this idea, NASA has released a revised blueprint with 63 final objectives for sustained human presence and space exploration under the 'Moon to Mars' plan. It aims to send astronauts on the Moon in 2024. Later, the agency will use the learnings from the Moon mission to prepare for humanity's next giant leap – sending astronauts to Mars. NASA's plan covers four broad areas under Moon to Mars exploration: science; transportation and habitation; lunar and Martian infrastructure; and operations.

“We need a roadmap with staying power, and through a collaborative process, we've identified a core set of defined objectives to achieve our exploration goals with our partners. These objectives are both practical and aspirational, and we were gratified by the thoughtful contributions of our workforce, industry, and international partners who will join us in shaping our future together,” said NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy.

The plan for human presence in space

NASA has set a goal to explore the Moon more extensively than ever before under the Artemis missions. The agency intends to send people back to the Moon, including to the lunar south pole zone. The Artemis I mission is currently on the launchpad, but it will be uncrewed. These Moon missions will guide upcoming exploration of more distant locations, such as Mars. NASA says that the Artemis campaign shows the capabilities and operations that are needed to safely conduct deep space science and exploration missions on the Moon, which is tightly correlated with Mars mission planning.

NASA intends to send the first humans back to the Moon with Artemis II no earlier than 2024. NASA will test systems and ideas for the trip to and from Mars using elements of Artemis. By using the Moon as a testbed, the follow-on Mars campaign will stay connected to the agency's ongoing presence on the lunar surface.

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First Published Date: 23 Sep, 22:12 IST