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NASA Will Conduct 5 Habitat Tests On Ground For Its Upcoming Space Station

The designing process for Lunar Gateway space station of NASA is at the early stages of development: The agency has proclaimed five new models that it plans to try on the earth.

The agency said that these different environments are not actually designed to be used at the moon but to understand the interfaces, design standards, and several requirements for U.S. space travelers in a designed habitat module. An orbiting base would be delivered by the Gateway around the moon through which cosmonauts could travel to the lunar surface or even go beyond that into space.

Marshall Smith, the frontrunner for all the human lunar exploration programs developing at NASA, Washington, mentioned in a NASA report that the tests were framed to perform comparison alongside between the completely different and novel ideas from the U.S. industry. However, the agency will not prescribe a particular design after attaining the habitat equivalent to the U.S., after it enters the procurement stage with quite lower risk due to the knowledge acquired from the trials.

This update came a few weeks after NASA revealed its target would be to land space travelers on the moon by the Year 2024, based on the instructions provided by the U.S. administration. For this target accomplishment, NASA is targeting to develop the Gateway by next year for human habitation.

The whole tests will be conducted at Kennedy Space Center of NASA at Florida. A Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) was constructed by Lockheed Martin actually projected for ISS (the International Space Station). This generated module will carry Orion spacecraft developed by NASA, as a mode of transportation for the astronauts back and forth the Gateway. The specialized spacecraft has an interesting feature that allows the interior space to be adjusted manually according to the type of mission.