In 2023 NASA will send a rover on Earth satellite
Space agency officially announced plans for the construction and sending rover to the surface of Earth's satellite in 2023. This step is the first step in the implementation of the US return to the moon program, according to Space.com portal with reference to the representatives of the agency. Earlier, the US space agency says that in 2028 the satellite of our planet is planned to send a manned mission.
"We would like as quickly as possible to send a rover to the moon. Our goal - in 2023 "- leads Space.com the words of Steve Clarke, deputy director of the NASA research division.
It will be quite a large rover, whose weight ranges from 300 to 500 kilograms. The agency plans to take an active study the Moon's poles and the new rover will have to help in this matter. Note that earlier orbiters found hints for the presence of ice on the bottom of pure dark many polar craters.
"We'll definitely send it to one of the poles of the satellite. Are aimed at long-term, months of work ", - said Clark.
of manned space exploration and the return of man on the moon was one of the priority tasks of NASA after the US change of government in elections in 2016. Recently, the American president, Donald Trump, as well as the head of the space agency NASA Jim Braydenstin often act with reports on the construction of a lunar orbital station Gateway plans for future manned missions to the moon and establish a permanent infrastructure on the Moon. To renew the NASA lunar exploration program has chosen a new approach: the implementation of the program will be produced partly by private contractors. To this end, in November last year, the agency has selected 9 leading private space companies with which NASA plans to deliver some of their vehicles to the moon in the next few years.
Under these agreements, NASA in the next 10 years will be entitled to deliver an unlimited number of landers, rovers and other "goods" to the moon. For the realization of the commercial part of the program is planned to allocate 2, 6 billion.
Initially, Clark and other space agency leaders hoped that the first scientific instrument may not be sent as part of the agreement to the moon as early as this year. Speaking at a conference on the study of the moon and the planets, which is currently taking place in The Woodlands Texas, he talked about some changes in the US lunar projects.
For example, the agency is going to focus its efforts on the creation of the first full lunar rover, whose main task will be to find water on Earth's companion and evaluation of its common stock. If NASA can implement this idea, in 2023 the United States will become the fourth country, after the Soviet Union, China and Israel, which will make a soft landing of the mobile automatic station to the satellite.
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