NASA May Be Building A Moon Base
Now that the US Election has taken place and Obama is still in the White House, it appears that NASA have big plans.
The space agency are planning to set up a manned outpost beyond the moon’s far side, both to establish a human presence in deep space and to build momentum toward a planned visit to an asteroid in 2025.
The Outpost, or Gateway Spacecraft, would house a small astronaut crew and function as a staging area for future missions to the moon and Mars.
The Outpost would be situated at a Lagrangian point, a place where the gravitational pull of two large bodies—in this case the Earth and the Moon—are at an equilibrium. NASA wants to put its base at Earth-Moon L-Point 2, on the far side of the Moon, according to reports from several news sites.
That would place the spacecraft about 277,000 miles from Earth and about 38,000 miles from the Moon’s surface.
In order to spread the costs this could end up being a joint venture with the European Space Agency.