NASA has big plans for returning to the Moon. Whether it can be done within the next five years, as the current administration desires, is yet to be seen, but getting human boots back on the lunar surface is something NASA firmly intends to do, and it's going to do so via a 'Lunar Gateway.'
The Gateway, which has been planned for some time, will be a station that orbits the Moon and provides a jumping-off point for mission both to the lunar surface and potentially beyond. Building it will be a huge undertaking, and the companies involved in the project have to be thoroughly vetted. Yesterday, NASA announced the first of the manufacturing partner who it will be working with to make the Gateway a reality.
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NASA places its first order for Lunar Gateway components originally appeared on BGR.com on Fri, 24 May 2019 at 20:08:23 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.