WHY WE’RE GOING TO THE MOON
We are Going for Science
The Moon is a 4.5-billion-year-old time capsule, pristinely preserved by the cold vacuum of space. It is a witness to billions of years of solar activity and large collisions that allowed life to gain a foothold in the solar system.
Through Artemis, a cadre of NASA’s robotic and crew missions will begin to unravel some of the greatest mysteries of the solar system for the benefit of humanity. Research at the Moon can tell us how the Earth and Moon were formed and the origins of water in our solar system.
We are Going for Economic Opportunity
Expanding human presence into the solar system will require the best of NASA, the private sector, and our international partners. With the renewed purpose to return to the Moon, American innovation is leading the way, and the future holds promise for a robust lunar marketplace.
An important part of NASA’s strategy is to stimulate the commercial space industry while leveraging those same capabilities through public-private partnerships and service contracts to encourage competition, drive down costs, and pave the way for future commercial endeavors.
We are Going to Inspire a New Generation
We will explore more of the Moon than ever before with our commercial and international partners. Along the way, we will engage and inspire new audiences . We are the Artemis Generation.
OUR SUCCESS WILL CHANGE THE WORLD
The NASA spacecraft that will carry astronauts from Earth to lunar orbit and back.
Space Launch System Rocket
The only rocket that can send Orion, astronauts, and cargo to the Moon on a single mission. Upon launch, the SLS will be the most powerful rocket in the world.
Exploration Ground Systems
The structures on the ground necessary to support launch and recovery of returning astronauts.
Human Landing System
Built by American companies, human landing systems are the final mode of transportation that will take astronauts from lunar orbit to the surface and back to orbit.
The spaceship in lunar orbit where astronauts will transfer between Orion and the lander on regular Artemis missions. Gateway will remain in orbit for more than a decade, providing a place to live and work, and supporting long-term science and human exploration on and around the Moon.
Mobility and Habitation
As Artemis missions progress, NASA and its partners will continue to send elements to the surface. Rovers will expand the exploration range and increase science return. Habitation elements will allow crews to stay on the surface for longer periods of time.