NASA will announce its new moon partnerships with American companies today. NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine, will make the announcement today at 2 PM EST which will also be broadcast live on the NASA website. The partnerships will be an integral part of NASA's voyages to the Moon and Mars.
NASA is determined to send crew trips back to the moon following a directive by the Republican President, Donald Trump. Last December, the president signed the Space Policy-1 Directive that instructed NASA to prioritize flights to the moon.
The President directs NASA to go back to the moon
"The directive that I am signing today will re-focus the American space program on human exploration and discovery. It is the first step in returning the American fitter to Lleuad for the first time since 1972, for audit and long-term use, "said the president during the signing. NASA needs to work closely with a private enterprise to make the moon trips financially possible.
It's a good time for the humanity to go beyond the Earth. The moon should now have and send astronauts to March. The future needs to inspire. https://t.co/6HjDQnRSA5
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 13, 2017
The last time there was a human on the moon, over 45 years ago, the total mission $ 25 billion, adapted for inflation looks more similar $ 150 billion today.
The Trump administration was clear in its directive asking the NASA Administrator, Leading an innovative and sustainable audit program with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion across the solar system and to bring new information and opportunities to; r Earth.
Starting with trips beyond the Earth's low orbit, the United States will lead people to the Moon for long-term exploration and use, and then there will be a human mission to Mars and other destinations. "
Financial partners needed to share mission costs
The NASA Space Directive prompted to establish the Campaign of Investigation, a national effort and an agency that focuses on three core areas: the low Earth's orbit; orbit mold and surface; and Mars and other deep space objectives.