US President Joe Biden and his administration are resuming plans to extend the work being done at the International Space Station (ISS) and create a new space station that would orbit the moon, The Hill reported.
During former President Donald Trump’s time in office, he discussed ending the ISS’s $4-billion-a-year funding by 2025, as he anticipated NASA unloading the space station to private companies. Partly fueling this move was Trump’s resolve to put astronauts back on the moon by 2024, which would have been the end of his second term as president had he been reelected.
Initially proposed in 2018, NASA was discussing the creation of the Lunar Gateway station, a space station that would act as a pit stop for astronauts on their way to the moon. But constructing and launching the Lunar Gateway would have delayed Trump’s plans and the 2024 deadline, so the creation of the station was left in limbo.
With new funding, Biden is setting the plans to build the station back into motion.
In the beginning of June, the Senate passed the bipartisan U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, the Biden administration’s $250-billion science bill, which includes $10 billion for NASA’s Lunar Gateway. The bill now awaits the vote of the House of Representatives.