NASA’s next crewed space station will be close to the moon. The planned lunar Gateway space station will house crews for somewhere in the range of one and three months so they can play out a series of goal-oriented jobs: to lead science experiments further away from Earth for long periods of time; to help missions on the surface; and maybe to try and do out of sight work like telerobotics.
This gallery details some of the main history and components of Gateway, as well as what it very well might be used for later on.
For the present, NASA intends to carry astronauts to Gateway at some point during the 2020s, conceivably on the side of the Artemis moon-landing program.
Artemis was targeting a 2024 moon landing, albeit an August 2021 report from the Office of the Inspector General said this target is “not feasible” because of spacesuit improvement delays. More timetable changes may accordingly be available.
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