Lunar Gateway: Shortcut To Mars?

Boeing Lunar Gateway (Image)
Artist’s rendering of the Lunar Gateway in orbit around the Moon. (Courtesy of Boeing)

From The Guardian: NASA has revealed plans to return to the Moon and has asked European scientists and industry leaders to join the agency in a bold plan aimed at rebooting humanity’s conquest of the solar system, in the form of an international manned station that will orbit the Moon within the next decade.

The proposed station, the Lunar Orbital Platform Gateway – known as “Lunar Gateway” – will allow astronauts to develop techniques that will open up the lunar surface to exploration and exploitation. At the same time, the station will help humans hone survival skills in deep space in preparation for future manned missions to Mars.

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