NASA plans to launch a power and propulsion element of the orbit of the Earth in 2022, which will be the basis of a lunar orbital station.
Acting head of NASA Robert Lightfoot said that the United States in 2022 will begin construction of a space station on the orbit of the moon, peredat RIA Novosti.
"We will begin construction of a space infrastructure in orbit of the moon for long-term research and study of our nearest neighbor. In 2022 we will run the power and propulsion element of the orbit of the moon, which will be the basis of a Lunar orbital station," he said in his annual address on the occasion of the presentation of the draft budget of the Ministry.
According to Lightfoot, in 2020-ies will be dedicated to returning Americans to the moon and study the lunar and low-earth orbit.
"In short, we are again on the way back to the moon, the entire nation, look to Mars," he said.
According to published The white house project budget for NASA in 2019 will be allocated to 19.6 billion dollars, $ 500 million more compared to the previous year.
Planned U.S. space ship Orion will make its first manned flight around the moon no later than 2023. For the construction of spacecraft and booster are allocated $ 3.7 billion.
In 2019, NASA will also receive $ 50 million to investigate whether it is possible to send an automatic station to Mars and get soil samples of the planet.
By 2025, the White house expects to cease direct funding of the International space station to allocate $ 150 million for the program, which will contribute to the development of commercial space flight.
Recall the following 2019 fiscal year will begin in October 2018. While we are talking about the draft budget to be considered by Congress.