It looks like the Moon is back in style. Decades after NASA’s last trip to our satellite, both Blue Origin and Lockheed Martin have recently announced plans for lunar landers, and NASA hopes to build a Lunar Orbital-Platform Gateway that would sit in orbit around the Moon.
The Moon is a logical stepping stone for longer missions to Mars and beyond, and it offers a crucial testing ground for cutting-edge technology. Accordingly, its a prime target for the players in the new space race.
The proposed NASA lunar outpost would remain in a high lunar orbit and allow for scientific and commercial activity. Officials have stated that the outpost could be built and ready to house astronauts as early as the mid-2020s, though the rocket and capsule NASA plans to use for building and visiting the station are still being developed.