The POT Has fixed 2024 as a date for the return of American astronauts to the Moon, with a landing that will take place in the south pole.
As a result of the meeting of the National Space Council, in the presence of the Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence- It has been decided to accelerate plans to return to the Moon in the next five years.
Looking to the manned mission to the surface of the Moon's south pole by 2024, the plan focuses on maintaining the launch of Mission Exploration 1, with the Orion capsule in the rocket of the Space Launching System next year. (SLS), and send the first manned mission to the vicinity of the Moon for the year 2022.
In a statement, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said that the agency will continue "using all necessary means" to guarantee the success of the mission to return to the Moon and the subsequent Trip to Mars.
"We will take action in the coming days and weeks to achieve these objectives." We have established a clear plan for NASA's exploration campaign that encompasses three strategic areas: low Earth orbit, the Moon, and Mars and beyond. space, "said Bridenstine, who also announced the creation of a new department in the agency called Moon to Mars Mission Directorate.