Concept of view from a deep space habitat.
Credit: ESA

 

NASA is pressing forward on a Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway, a human-tended facility positioned near Earth’s moon.

Several hundred scientists in Denver February 27-March 1, taking part in a Deep Space Gateway Concept Science Workshop, proposing how best to utilize a strategic presence in cislunar space.

Location, location, location, location. Four Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway Near Rectilinear Halo Orbit types, multiple revolutions in a rotating Earth-Moon frame.
Credit: NASA/JSC

Notional architecture for Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway
Credit: NASA

Making use of a suite of instruments housed within and on the structure itself, or free-flying equipment stationed near the mini-complex, researchers foresee a host of uses for the Gateway: from performing Earth and solar observations to carrying out astrophysics and fundamental physics experiments as well as doing human physiology and space biology studies. Moreover, the Gateway is viewed as not only a place to live, learn and work around the moon but to also support an array of missions to the lunar surface.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more on the Gateway, go to my newly posted Space.com story:

NASA Shapes Science Plan for Deep-Space Outpost Near the Moon

https://www.space.com/39985-nasa-lunar-orbital-platform-gateway-science-plan.html

One Response to “Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway: Setting a Science Agenda”

  • Bob Stockett says:

    Hey, why not make a moon cycler, similar to Buzz Aldrin’s Mars cycler concept. I read he originally developed the idea for both Mars & the moon, and that NASA’s IBEX project has been doing this successfully for 10 years. Your major payload mass (crew habitat & trans-lunar rocketry)would be in a continuous orbit cycling between earth & moon. We would only need to launch personnel, supplies and fuel for course adjustments from earth to intercept the cycler at its nearest approach. It builds on what we’ve already accomplished, and could be a prototype for building a Mars cycler. I think NASA should look toward a coherent, integrated long-term plan for space exploration, and not view each project as isolated, individual programs.

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