There’s something incredibly satisfying about the prospect of a spacecraft that will actually land on the surface of another planet and take to the skies.
But how does one get to the moon?
That’s where the Space Shuttle Discovery came into play, with a mission that’s expected to cost billions.
With Discovery and the upcoming Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1), the United States is expected to spend a total of $6.6 billion to build and launch a spacecraft to explore the moon.
That’s a lot of money to spend on a single vehicle, but the moon is just one of the many destinations the government has the money for.
While the space program is currently on a downswing, it’s still worth exploring the moon for a variety of reasons, so it’s worth making sure you have the money and time to do so.
What Are The Benefits Of Going To The Moon?
NASA is spending money to go to the Moon and beyond.
The first of these missions is Exploration Mission 3 (EM3) that will launch the Exploration Mission 2 (EM2) spacecraft in 2018.
The EM3 mission will fly to the surface with the EM2 spacecraft, then return to the lunar surface for further exploration.
The mission will last roughly three years.
It will be followed by EM4 in 2019.
While EM4 will be the longest mission, it won’t be the most expensive.
The current NASA budget estimates that EM4, along with EM3 and EM4A, will cost $4.5 billion.
NASA’s mission director, Dan Goldin, said in a press release that this “high-priority” mission will help determine whether the moon and the lunar poles can support human exploration.
This mission will also help us determine whether we can use the Moon as a launch pad for human missions to Mars and beyond, Goldin added.
If all goes well, we could even see an astronaut walking on the moon within the next 25 years.
Why The Moon Matters For Exploration Missions NASA has been looking at the moon as a possible launch site for future human missions since at least the early 2000s, but it wasn’t until recently that the agency began actively pursuing these plans.
In January 2018, the agency announced the first phase of the Lunar Resource Exploration Program (LREP) which is designed to explore potential landing sites for astronauts and lunar resources in the lunar context.
This first phase is expected not to launch until 2022.
The Lunar Resource Exploration Program (LROEP) is an expanded version of the LREP that includes more missions, and the agency has been planning to explore more of the moon’s surface.
In 2019, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LOR) will be launched into space, and by 2020, the Space Launch System (SLS) will carry a spacecraft named Exploration Mission 5 (EM5) into lunar orbit.
Exploration Mission 6 (EM6) will begin in 2021, and EM6A will begin during 2021 and 2022.
If these missions prove successful, NASA will attempt to launch an astronaut on a mission to the space station in 2021.
The SLS will launch astronauts to the station in 2022, and a crewed mission to Mars in 2024.
The NASA-developed Orion crew capsule will launch humans to the International Space Station in 2024 and Orion will carry humans to Mars by 2026.
The LROEP is the only part of NASA’s current plan to explore these destinations, but there are some other missions planned as well.
There are also plans to send astronauts to Mars as part of a mission called Mars 2020 and to send humans to a future Mars outpost called Exploration Mission Z. In addition to the Mars 2020 mission, the Exploration Mars 2025 mission will include two more missions: Exploration Mission 2026 and Exploration Mission 2025A.
Both missions are designed to land on a lunar surface, although they don’t have a specific launch date.
The Exploration Mars 2020A mission is expected for 2021, while Exploration Mission 2021A is planned for 2021 and Exploration Missions 2025A and 2025B are planned for 2023 and 2025 respectively.
The International Space University is planning to send a crew to Mars from 2024-2026, while the Space Flight Society is also planning to land a crew on the Red Planet in 2024, 2021, 2023, and 2026 respectively.
If the missions go as planned, NASA hopes to have a crew ready for a landing on Mars by 2024, and astronauts ready for Mars by 2025.
What To Expect From The Moon During the next few decades, the United Kingdom will launch a lunar lander and a robotic rover called Chang’e 3.
Both of these vehicles will eventually land on either the Moon or Mars.
If both missions succeed, NASA plans to land astronauts on Mars in 2026, but in 2021 and 2021A, the International Lunar Exploration Program is planning for the landings to take place later in the 2030s.
NASA is also developing a robotic lander called Spirit that will land