• Oct. 6, 2019, 1:53 p.m.

    When I first heard about NASA's proposal for a crewed space station in lunar orbit I thought it was a dumb idea. If you're trying to go to the Moon why stop in the middle? It would cost extra fuel, and there's nothing there that you wouldn't have to bring yourself in the first place.

    But I may change my mind. If NASA is actually planning a massive telerobotics operation on the ground, it's an excellent idea. You get real-time control over surface activities without all the expensive and dangerous landings and takeoffs. I don't know if that is what they are thinking though.

    I'd like to see your opinions on the Gateway, be they pro or con. Any light on what NASA has in mind for this is especially welcome.

  • Oct. 9, 2019, 9:50 a.m.

    I'm fairly neutral towards the idea. Any infrastructure in space will be great for a number of reasons, but I too would like to see more presence on the actual moon itself, as you said before. However, it really depends where NASA wants to go with this. I would say that something like this would happen after we have a re-established presence on the Moon, beacuse that is what people like Bezos and Musk are pushing for. After that such a facility might be the natural next project, besides their orbiting lunar station projects.

  • Oct. 11, 2019, 4:31 p.m.

    So maybe the Lunar Gateway should be made of lunar materials? ;)

  • Nov. 23, 2019, 1:03 a.m.

    For it to be useful, the Lunar gateway should be designed to incorporate lunar material, but it won't be. NASA is very focused on the specific mission, and in distributing funds for that mission to the various congressional districts, in order to continue funding. So the lunar gateway will be a point design with the stated purpose of deep space (outside the Van Allen Belts) research, with the entire thing being made on earth, even something as simple as shielding mass.

    I expect this will generate lots of data to show that mankind cannot live in space, rather than to identify how we CAN do so. IMHO the gateway isn't just a waste of money, it is detrimental towards the goal of space expansion.

  • Nov. 26, 2019, 2:04 a.m.

    Did NASA give any justification as to why they don't just place it on the lunar surface along the line between the "Near Side" and the "Far Side?"

    What does this project do that a well placed surface station can't do?

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  • May 6, 2020, 12:08 p.m.

    Although I have never heard NASA say this, an orbital station is faster, cheaper and safer to board and leave, while offering the same real-time control over surface robotics as a ground station.

    The question is, does NASA really have that purpose in mind?

    New thought: A space station will also get a lot more sunlight than a ground station, especially in a polar orbit. A ground station will have to go nuclear to get through the Lunar night, or use some kind of super batteries.

  • May 8, 2020, 12:01 a.m.

    having a large orbital station can provide a lot of benefits in early space exploration, the orbital station could be used for oxygen, food and energy production.
    in later times it could be converted to a primary space hub for spaceship construction(think 3d printing), the station would only useful if proper planning and strategizing on how to begin lunar colonization is done.

    using orbital cannons to launch lunar refined materials to the orbital station. lots can be done only limit is your mind.

  • Feb. 18, 2021, 3:31 p.m.

    In October of 2024, NASA will send “the first woman and the next man” to the Moon as part of the Artemis Program. This will be the first crewed mission to the lunar surface, and the first mission beyond Low Earth Orbit (LEO), since the closing of the Apollo Era in 1972. Beyond that, NASA plans to establish infrastructure on and around the Moon that will allow for “sustained lunar exploration and development.”

    A key aspect of this is the Lunar Gateway, an orbiting habitat that will allow astronauts to make regular trips to and from the lunar surface. After much consideration, NASA recently announced that they have selected SpaceX to launch the foundational elements of the Gateway – the Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) and the Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO) – by May of 2024 (at the earliest).

    This is a quote from an article on www.universetoday.com/150124/nasa-has-decided-to-start-building-the-lunar-gateway-using-the-falcon-heavy/