NASA has released its updated Artemis mission plan for returning humans to the moon, the agency said.
The new roadmap, called NASA´s Plan for Sustained Lunar Exploration and Development, combines government, commercial and international capabilities to accomplish long-term activities on the Moon efficiently and affordably, while establishing a foothold for journeys onward to Mars and beyond.
It also provides an opportunity to utilize resources found on the Moon to further affordable and sustainable development of space.
The plan leverages commercial space operators via programs such as NASA´s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) to bring scientific packages and cargo to the lunar surface as well as to the Lunar Gateway. The Gateway, a lunar orbiting outpost which was reaffirmed in the updated plan, will assist NASA in its goal to establish a permanent station at the lunar south pole called Artemis Base Camp.