News / UK and world by Press Association September 11, 2018, 7:17 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Almost five decades since man first landed on the moon, Nasa is once again setting its sights on possible manned lunar missions. In December last year, US President Donald Trump signed a policy instructing the space agency to send astronauts back to the moon, just months after Nasa revealed plans to build a lunar-orbiting space station. Since then, things have been in progress to make the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway a reality, with Nasa recently inviting the US industry to help build certain components of the lunar outpost as part of a private-public partnership. Here’s everything you need to know: So what exactly is this outpost? The Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway, also known as the Gateway, will be a space station capable of supporting four crew members at a time. It is expected to be smaller than the International Space Station (ISS) – which currently houses six astronauts at a time. Its aim, according to Nasa, is to “become the orbital outpost for robotic and human exploration operations in deep space”, while facilitating scientific and commercial activities on and around the moon…. Read full this story
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