The Record (Troy, NY) - - LIFE+TIMES -

NASA is re­turn­ing to the moon be­gin­ning with ro­botic mis­sions, as well as a Lu­nar Or­bital Plat­form-Gate­way for as­tro­nauts in space be­yond the Moon. NASA di­rec­tors are ex­pected to make a de­tailed an­nounce­ment in late Oc­to­ber about the time and scale of the next mis­sion.

Cur­rently, NASA is build­ing a space­craft de­signed to carry four as­tro­nauts to and from the moon and sup­port up to six crew mem­bers on fu­ture mis­sions to Mars. The ship could be used mul­ti­ple times.

The new crew ve­hi­cle will be shaped like an Apollo cap­sule, and while Apollo was lim­ited to land­ings along the moon's equa­tor, the new ship car­ries enough pro­pel­lant to land any­where on the moon's sur­face.

Sources: NASA, Li­brary of Congress For­mer Fo­cus Page Ed­i­tor Charles Ap­ple con­trib­uted to this re­port.

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