NASA announced a long time ago that they are planning to make their way to Mars. Now that they are celebrating 46 years since they first landed on the moon, they said they will make use of terraforming robots to continue their journey to Mars.
Their aim is to have people on the Moon in six years time, that is, by the end of 2021. These people are supposed to stay there at least by 2030.
The reason behind this idea is that NASA hopes to save a lot of money on launches, whose costs go up to billions of dollars. This is why they are planning to mine ice located deep down the craters of the Moon. The ice will be then turned into rocket fuel.
According to experts, this will help the agency cut down on costs considerably, given the fact that it currently needs to pay about $ 6,400 to SpaceX (a space private contractor) for each kilo that NASA sends into space.
According to reports, the action NASA is planning to take on the Moon will have a great impact because it will reduce the need to build immense rockets that need a lot of fuel to carry cargoes out of the Earth’s orbit.
Thus, cargoes could be sent to the Moon on much smaller boosters that are cheap as well, if the plan succeeds.
They also came up with a solution to complete this mission. It seems that the agency is thinking about engaging robots to carry out the most difficult tasks . NASA experts have even thought of a concept image that shows how robotic mirrors could be employed to power the robots that will be mining in the dark craters of the Moon.
These new robots will be suggestively called TransFormers. In June, 2015, NASA representatives said that a grant of $ 500,000 has been allocated to carry out a study in which a plan to send these robots to the Moon will be developed. This study will go on for about two years before the TransFomers are placed on the south pole of the Moon to “terraform” it.
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