NASA will announce its new moon partnership with American companies today. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will make an announcement today at 2pm EST which will also be broadcast live on the NASA website. The partnership will shape the integral aspects of NASA's future mission to the moon and Mars.
NASA is determined to send the crew mission back to the moon after the directive from the President of the Republic, Donald Trump. In December, the president signed the Space-1 Policy Directive which gave instructions to NASA to prioritize the mission to the moon.
The president directed NASA to return to the moon
"The instructions I signed today will refocus the American space program on human exploration and discovery. This marks the first step in returning American astronauts to the Moon for the first time since 1972, for exploration and long-term use, "the president said during the signing. NASA needs to work with private companies to make lunar missions financially possible.
It is time for humanity to surpass the Earth. Must have a base now and send astronauts to Mars. The future needs to inspire. https://t.co/6HjDQnRSA5
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 13, 2017
The last time a human was on the moon, more than 45 years ago, the mission reached total $ 25 billion, adjusted for inflation will look more like $ 150 billion today.
The Trump Administration is clear in its directive asking NASA Administrators, & Lead innovative and sustainable exploration programs with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion throughout the solar system and to bring back new Earth knowledge and opportunities.
Starting with a mission outside of low Earth orbit, the United States will lead the return of humans to the Moon for exploration and long-term use, followed by human missions to Mars and other purposes. "
Financial partners are needed to share mission costs
The Space Directive encouraged NASA to form The Exploration Campaign, a national effort and agency focusing on three core domains: low Earth orbit; orbit and surface of the moon; and Mars and other space destinations.