On December 2017, US President Donald Trump signed Space Directive-1, directing NASA “to lead an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion across the solar system and to bring back to Earth new knowledge and opportunities.”
In response to this call of epic proportions, NASA recently submitted a plan to Congress, outlining a campaign calling for additional manned and robotic exploration missions aimed at expanding the frontier of human knowledge and discovery of our galaxy and the vast beyond of the Cosmos.
This exploration campaign is composed of five primary goals:
- Transition U.S. human spaceflight activities in low-Earth orbit to commercial operations that support NASA and the needs of an emerging private sector market.
- Lead the emplacement of capabilities that support lunar surface operations and facilitate missions beyond cislunar space.
- Foster scientific discovery and characterization of lunar resources through a series of robotic missions.
- Return U.S. astronauts to the surface of the Moon for a sustained campaign of exploration and use.
- Demonstrate the capabilities required for human missions to Mars and other destinations.
Get excited, humans. We’re going to Mars. And Low Earth Orbit. Included is commercial operations. And Moon bases (Americans in orbit by starting 2023, land astronauts by late 2020s). So in case you missed the first moon landing, buckle up, buckaroo, there’s plenty more to come. Such excite. Life, as we know it, has become a Sci-Fi film.
If you’re interested in diving into the specifics of NASA’s Space Exploration Campaign, the official document can be found here.