The POT has set 2024 as the date for the return of US astronauts to Moon, with a landing that will occur at the South Pole.
As a result of the meeting of National Space Council, – in the presence of the vice president of the United States, Mike Pence – has decided to accelerate the plans to return to the Moon in the next five years.
With an eye on the manned mission to the surface of the south pole of the Moon by 2024, the plan focuses on maintaining the launch of the Exploration Mission 1 next year, with the Orion capsule on the rocket of the Space Launch System (SLS), and send the first manned mission to the vicinity of the Moon by 2022.
In a statement, the administrator of NASA, Jim Bridenstine,
said the agency will continue "using all necessary means" to ensure the mission success to return to the Moon and the subsequent trip to Mars.
«We will take action in the coming days and weeks to achieve these goals. We have established a clear plan for the NASA exploration campaign that encompasses three strategic areas: the low orbit of Earth, the Moon, and Mars and beyond in space, ”explained Bridenstine, who also announced the creation of a new department in the agency called Moon to Mars Mission Directorate.