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Gateway: Illuminating the Future

A close-up view of Gateway’s Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO) module at the Thales Alenia Space facility in Turin, Italy. The image captures the intricate internal structure of the cylindrical module, highlighting its framework and the interior. The module is positioned horizontally, with light casting dramatic shadows.
View of Gateway’s Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO) at a Thales Alenia Space facility in Turin, Italy.
Thales Alenia Space

An interplay of light and shadows cast the docking ports for Gateway, humanity’s first space station around the Moon, into sharp relief. 

Built by NASA commercial partner Northrop Grumman, HALO (Habitation and Logistics Outpost), is one of four modules where international teams of astronauts will live, conduct science, and prepare for missions to the lunar South Pole region. The module’s main structure is currently undergoing testing in Turin, Italy. One docking port seen inside HALO, image right, is where a cargo spacecraft and Gateway’s Lunar View module, provided by ESA (European Space Agency), will dock. The docking port shown outside of HALO, image left, is where the SpaceX Starship and the Blue Origin Blue Moon Human Landing Systems will dock during the Artemis IV and V missions, respectively.

Gateway will launch to lunar orbit with the Power and Propulsion Element, provided by Maxar Space Systems, and later expand with ESA’s Lunar I-Hab and Lunar View modules, the Crew and Science Airlock provided by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, advanced external robotics provided by CSA (Canadian Space Agency), and critical hardware from JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency).

NASA and its international partners will explore the scientific mysteries of deep space with Gateway. The space station is central to the Artemis architecture that will return humans to lunar surface for scientific discovery and chart a path for the first humans to Mars.

An artist's rendering of Gateway's Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO) module.
An artist’s concept image of a docking port on Gateway’s HALO module.
NASA/Alberto Bertolin, Bradley Reynolds
An artist’s rendering provides a detailed view of NASA’s Gateway space station, featuring various interconnected modules and solar panels. Numerous antennas and instruments are visible, all set against the backdrop of a starry outer space. Image Credit: NASA.
An artist’s concept image of the Gateway space station showing ESA’s Lunar View module and a government-reference Human Landing System docked to HALO.



Last Updated
Jul 10, 2024
Briana R. Zamora
Briana R. Zamora