Lunar Gateway No Longer Required For NASA’s Upcoming ‘Critical Path’ to Moon

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NASA recently announced first two science experiments for Gateway

NASA has removed the Lunar Gateway from its “critical path” to return humans to the moon by 2024, according to a SpaceNews report. But the agency has assured that it isn’t casting aside its plan for a moon-orbiting space station. (NASA Image)

(SPACE.COM) – NASA has removed the Lunar Gateway from its “critical path” to return humans to the moon by 2024, according to a SpaceNews report. But the agency has assured that it isn’t casting aside its plan for a moon-orbiting space station.

With new changes to the agency’s plan to return astronauts to the moon with the Artemis program. NASA has removed the Gateway, a mini-space station that would facilitate crewed lunar landings, from its plan in favor of simpler solutions, Doug Loverro, the head of NASA’s human spaceflight directorate, said Friday (March 13) at a meeting of the NASA Advisory Council’s Science Committee, SpaceNews reported.

Before the meeting, NASA announced that it had selected the first two science experiments to be flown aboard the Gateway.

SpaceNews reported that, at the meeting, Loverro said that he aims to “de-risk” Artemis and simplify the program by focusing only on activities necessary to achieve the lunar landing.

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