According to the solicitation, NASA will fund industry-led development and flight demonstrations of lunar landers built for astronauts by supporting critical studies and risk reduction activities to advance technology requirements, tailor applicable standards, develop technology, and perform initial demonstrations by landing on the Moon.
Bridenstine went on to say NASA is eager to get started "as quickly as possible" and have already committed to working with nine USA companies to start sending new science instruments to the moon's surface on commercial cargo deliveries. Now, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, called for "the best and brightest of American industry to help design and develop human lunar landers", in NASA's latest approach to conquer the Moon, in a time when the Chinese scientists already landed Chang'e-4 on the dark side of the Moon and planned to land on Mars, as well, in the near future.
When NASA again sends humans to the Moon, the surface will be buzzing with new research and robotic activity, and there will be more opportunities for discovery than ever before. "This time, when we go to the moon, we will stay", he added.
On CBS' "Face The Nation" Sunday, said the space agency is looking to get humans to Mars sometime in the 2030s.
"That starts with the Gateway - a lunar orbiting outpost created to ensure the safe transit of astronauts to the lunar surface and back home again".
"The Gateway will be the home base for the first reusable human lunar lander system".
Mr Bridenstine said: "More than two-thirds of Americans today were not even alive to witness the six successful Apollo moon landings, myself included".
'Extraordinary as they were, for many the lunar expeditions are facts from history books or stories told by older relatives'.
NASA's chief has laid out the space agency's ambitious plan to go back to the Moon next year and, this time, to stay there and explore the satellite like never before. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.