NASA reveals base camp plans on Moon
We all know that US space agency NASA is all set to send astronauts to the Moon by 2024 under its Artemis Programme. The agency has now revealed the plan about the base camp to be set up on the Moon.
One of the program’s aims is to create an “Artemis Base Camp” that will allow humans to live for short periods of time on the lunar surface.
The most likely location for the camp is in the Shackleton Crater on the Moon’s south pole.
NASA is planning for four astronauts to live in accommodation there, possibly for a week at a time.
If humans were to stay any longer their accommodation would require more complicated things such as a water and waste disposal system, radiation shielding, a launching pad and infrastructure for power.
Two transport systems have also been suggested, including a lunar terrain vehicle.
The other vehicle is referred to as a habitable mobility platform that could transport crew from the base. This vehicle would be used for longer trips as it would be contained and pressurised, whereas the lunar terrain vehicle would require a human to wear protective clothing.
The habitable vehicle would be very similar to a camper van.
The Moon base is intended to help astronauts eventually prepare for a space flight to Mars.
It’s not the first time that US astronauts would go to the moon. On July 20, 1969, US astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to step on the moon.