NASA's Artemis program, along with the Lunar Gateway, is singularly focused on humanity's return to the moon.
1: The Next Lunar Rover Will Be SUV-ComfyThe rides of the future won’t require passengers to be in those pressurized spacesuits the Apollo astronauts wore.
3 We’ll Pack Portable Power PlantsNASA is developing trashcan-sized nuclear reactors to provide steady power for a lunar colony.
5: Lunar Landers Will Be Light, Fast, and ReusableFrom major aerospace behemoths to scrappy start-ups, companies are scrambling to develop the next lunar landers.
Just this past May, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, founder of the private space-flight company Blue Origin, revealed Blue Moon, a lunar lander to be deployed as early as 2024.
Because lunar landers like these won’t re-enter Earth’s punishing atmosphere, they will be reusable, transporting crew and cargo to and from the moon many times.
6: We’ll Mine Ice for FuelThe moon has two things going for it as a way-station to Mars: It has one-sixth the gravity of Earth, so it won’t take as much power to break through moon’s grip, and it has ice, which we can make into hydrogen-oxygen rocket propellant.