NASA’s new Mars plan includes yearlong mission to the Moon

NASA’s new Mars plan includes yearlong mission to the Moon

NASA has revealed a new plan in which a group of astronauts may spend around a year in orbit around the Moon in the late 2020s as part of its broader plan to send humans to Mars a decade later.

Greg Williams, deputy associate administrator for policy & plans in NASA’s Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate, revealed the plan at the Humans to Mars Summit in Washington D.C.

Williams explained that NASA’s Mars plan includes building a deep-space “gateway” around earth’s only natural satellite to serve as a testing ground for technology that will be needed for Mars missions.

Speaking on the topic, Williams added, “If we could conduct a yearlong crewed mission on this Deep Space Transport in cislunar space, we believe we will know enough that we could then send this thing, crewed, on a 1,000-day mission to the Mars system and back.”

In 2027, a mission without any crew member will deliver a Deep Space Transport vehicle to cislunar space. A subsequent flight will deliver a one-year crew to the orbiting facility. In the late 2020s, more flights will be launched to deliver supplies necessary for first human flights to the Red Planet in the 2030s.