The NASA administration said that after the establishment of the station in the orbit, the Moon plans to move to the construction of residential complexes on the surface and colonization of the satellite.
After the United States has signed the Directive on Space Policy last year, NASA resumed work on lunar programs. The first provides for the output of the ORION spacecraft in the orbit of the earthly satellite, the equipment for which should be sent in 2022. It is planned that astronauts fly around the far orbit of the Moon and will arrive at a pre-prepared station with residential gateway modules. Next, the station must become a platform for landing on the surface.
Bill Gersheneer from Nasa says that they will not stop at this and approximately 2026 plan to begin construction of stationary objects on the Moon for research and infrastructure for further colonization. The agency also wants to use the future base for launching and supplying missions to Mars and in distant space.
Despite the fact that the States gradually reduced the budget share of NASA financing (from 4% to 0.5%), representatives of the agency say that this will be enough to launch the first components of Gateway. However, they hope that the desire of the government to overtake China and India will help to receive support for not only the state, but also the private sector.