Lockheed Martin teams build first-ever Mars space station with NASA
Mars space station
Moscow and Washington have agreed to build the station called Deep Space Gateway – finally bringing a long standing concept into reality.
Following in the footsteps of the International Space Station, the moon ship would be open to astronauts and cosmonauts from around the world.
Space bosses hope the Deep Space Gateway will allow mankind to stage space flights to Mars and elsewhere in the Solar System.
It comes after US President Donald Trump announced in his debut speech on Capitol Hill he wanted astronauts to arrive on “distant worlds” within the next ten years.
NASA and Roscosmos hope the space station’s first modules would be completed by 2026 – the 250th anniversary of the United States.
In a mission statement for the project, NASA said: “NASA is leading the next steps into deep space near the moon, where astronauts will build and begin testing the systems needed for challenging missions to deep space destinations including Mars.
“The area of space near the moon offers a true deep space environment to gain experience for human missions that push farther into the solar system, access the lunar surface for robotic missions but with the ability to return to Earth if needed in days rather than weeks or months.”
The space agency added: “The gateway and transport could potentially support mission after mission as a hub of activity in deep space near the moon, representing multiple countries and agencies with partners from both government and private industry.
“NASA is open to new ideas of both a technical and programmatic nature suggestions as we develop, mature and implement this plan.”