NASA today will announce its partnerships with the moon with US companies. NASA Administrator Jim Bridgestone will release today at 2:00 pm, which will also be broadcast live on NASA's website. Partnerships will be an integral part of NASA's future missions on the moon and on Mars.
NASA is determined to send crew missions back to the moon, according to the presidential directive of Donald Trump. Last December, the president signed the Space Policy Directive-1 which instructed NASA to prioritize missions and the moon.
The president urges NASA to return to the moon
"The directive I sign today will refocus the US space human exploration and detection program, which is the first step in the return of US astronauts to the Moon for the first time since 1972, for long-term research and use," the president said during the signing . NASA should work closely with the private enterprise to make the financial missions of the moon possible.
It is high time for mankind to come out of the Earth. By now, there should be a base of the moon and send astronauts to Mars. The future should inspire. https://t.co/6HjDQnRSA5
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 13, 2017
The last time a man was on the moon, more than 45 years ago, the mission amounted to 25 billion dollars, which will adjust to inflation would look more 150 billion dollars today.
Trump's administration was clear in its directive, asking the NASA Administrator: "To lead an innovative and sustainable research program with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion across the Solar System and to bring back to the Earth new knowledge and opportunities.
Beginning with missions outside the orbit of a low planet, the United States will lead people to return to the moon for long-term exploration and exploitation, followed by human missions on Mars and other destinations. "
Financial partners are required to share mission costs
The Space Directive has prompted NASA to set up a Research Campaign, a national and agency effort focused on three primary domains: a low orbit on Earth; lunar orbit and surface; and Mars and other targets of deep space.