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LOCKHEED MARTIN SHOWS OFF ITS NEW SPACE HABITAT

Where Do We Go Next? Building the Deep Space Gateway

Artist illustration of Habitation Module aboard the Deep Space Gateway. Credit: Lockheed Martin Deep Space Gateway, N

Artist’s impression of the Deep Space Gateway, currently under development by Lockheed Martin. Credit: NASA

Artist’s impression of the Mars Base Camp in orbit around Mars. When missions to Mars begin, one of the greatest risks will be that posed by space radiation. Credit: Lockheed Martin

The Lunar Gateway Will be in a “Near-Rectilinear Halo Orbit

ANGELIC HALO ORBIT CHOSEN FOR HUMANKINDS FIRST LUNAR OUTPOST

18 July 2019 Mission planners at NASA and ESA’s Operations Centre (ESOC) have spent months debating the pros and cons of different orbits, and have now decided on the path of the lunar Gateway.

After months of discussion, the space agencies behind the Lunar Gateway have decided how the space station will orbit the Moon. NASA and the ESA are developing the Lunar Gateway jointly, and the orbital path that it will follow around the Moon is a key part of mission design. It’ll affect all the vital aspects of the mission, including how spacecraft will rendezvous and land at the station.

The Gateway Configuration Concept. Image Credit: NASA


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SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 BY MATT WILLIAMS
NASA Report Outlines How it Will Go Back to the Moon, to Mars,
and Beyond in a Sustainable Way

In the coming decades, NASA intends to mount some bold missions to space. In addition to some key operations to Low Earth Orbit (LEO), NASA intends to conduct the first crewed missions beyond Earth in over 40 years. These include sending astronauts back to the Moon and eventually mounting a crewed mission to Mars.

A Full Moon, as imaged by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Credit: NASA Goddard’s Scientific Visualization Studio

The International Space Station (ISS), seen here with Earth as a backdrop. Credit: NASA

A Visual Journey: NASA’s Exploration Mission-1

NASA is hard at work building the Orion spacecraft, Space Launch System rocket and the ground systems needed to send astronauts into deep space. The agency is developing the core capabilities needed to enable the journey to Mars. On Exploration Mission-1, the spacecraft will travel thousands of miles beyond the moon over the course of about a three-week mission. HD download link:

Artist illustration of Habitation Module aboard the Deep Space Gateway. Credit: Lockheed Martin

Journey to Mars:

Artist’s impression of the Mars Base Camp in orbit around Mars. When missions to Mars begin, one of the greatest risks will be that posed by space radiation. Credit: Lockheed Martin


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The Gateway

An artist's impression of the Orion spacecraft arriving at the lunar outpost called the Gateway. The Gateway is the next structure to be launched by the partners of the International Space Station. During the 2020s, it will be assembled and operated in the vicinity of the Moon, where it will move between different orbits and enable the most distant human space missions ever attempted. Placed farther from Earth than the current Space Station – but not in a lunar orbit – the Gateway will offer a staging post for missions to the Moon and Mars. Like a mountain refuge, it will provide shelter and a place to stock up on supplies for astronauts en route to more distant destinations. It will also offer a place to relay communications and can act as a base for scientific research. The Gateway will weigh around 40 tonnes and will consist of a service module, a communications module, a connecting module, an airlock for spacewalks, a place for the astronauts to live and an operations station to command the Gateway’s robotic arm or rovers on the Moon. Astronauts will be able to occupy it for up to 90 days at a time. A staging outpost near the Moon offers many advantages for space agencies. Most current rockets do not have the power to reach our satellite in one go but could reach the space Gateway. Europe’s Ariane would be able to deliver supplies for astronauts to collect and use for further missions deeper into space – much like mountain expeditions can stock up refuges with food and equipment for further climbs to the summit. The Gateway also allows space agencies to test technologies such as electric propulsion where Earth’s gravity would interfere if done closer to home. New opportunities for space research away from Earth’s magnetic field and atmosphere are planned for the outpost. Its close position will provide rapid response times for astronauts controlling rovers on the Moon.

Angelic halo orbit for Gateway

Mission planners at NASA and ESA’s Operations Centre (ESOC) have spent months debating the pros and cons of different orbits, and have now decided on the path of the lunar Gateway – a ‘near-rectilinear halo orbit’, or NRHO. Instead of orbiting around the Moon in a low lunar orbit like Apollo, the Gateway will follow a highly ‘eccentric’ path. At is closest, it will pass 3000 thousand km from the lunar surface and at its furthest, at 70 000 km. The orbit will actually rotate together with the moon, and as seen from the Earth will appear a little like a lunar halo. A permanent base in this orbit around the Moon will act as a staging post, from where parts can be left behind, picked up and assembled. After liftoff, only a moderate manoeuvre will be needed to slow a visiting spacecraft to rendezvous with the Gateway. Find out more about the angelic orbit here: and click twice on the bell button to receive our notificatio">★ Subscribe: Check out our full video catalog: Follow us on Twitter: On Facebook: On Instagram: On Flickr: We are Europe's gateway to space. Our mission is to shape the development of Europe's space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. Check out http://www.esa.int/ESA to get up to speed on everything space related. Copyright information about our videos is available here: #ESA #Gateway #LunarExploration

Where Do We Go Next? Building the Deep Space Gateway

NASA is working on developing a space station in a cis-lunar orbit that will serve as the jumping off point to exploring the Solar System; it’s known as the Deep Space Gateway. Sign up to my weekly email newsletter: Support us at:Support us at: Follow us on Tumblr: : More stories at Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: Instagram - Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com /Karla Thompson - @karlaii Chad Weber - Chloe Cain - Instagram: @chloegwen2001 Music: Left Spine Down - “X-Ray”


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