A 13 pages long official presentation titled “NASA’s Plan for Sustained Lunar Exploration and Development” was released on April 4th. It is exactly what it says it is: the agency’s long-anticipated to-do list about the Moon, Mars and a low-Earth orbit.
The plans are made under the aegis of Artemis, a relatively new spaceflight program that NASA announced back in March 2019.
One of the most important steps of the Moon colonization is going to be building a lunar camp in 2024 that will “pave the way for long-term economic and scientific activity”. NASA’s first three goals are creating vehicles that will transport crew across the planet’s floor, building a mobile platform for astronauts to live in during the off the camp trips and the foundation platform where 4 crew members will be able to stay in.
The camp will also serve as a launching site for the Mars exploration, which is scheduled for the 2030s.