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Astronaut Robert L. Curbeam mission specialist participates in the second of three STS-98 sessions of extravehicular activity

Lockheed Martin has unveiled the designs for a reusable lander built to ferry four astronauts and 1.1 tons of cargo between lunar orbit and the surface of the moon. Having the ability to visit multiple sites with a reusable lander, such as this one presented by Lockheed Martin, supports many global, commercial and scientific collaborations, in addition to NASA's sustainable exploration of the Moon.

When astronauts finally walk on the moon again, they could be in for a long stay - as Lockheed Martin has shown off a giant lunar landerbuilt for two-week stints.

The Deep Space Gateway is a collaboration between the USA and Russian Federation to create a lunar space station that will act as a "gateway to deep space".

Last December, Donald Trump signed off on a space policy directive that calls for NASA, along with its private partners, to send astronauts to the Moon and, "eventually", Mars.

"I am pleased to expand the commercial agreement in the lunar environment, as innovative partnerships are essential as we move back to the moon and create new opportunities there", said Bridenstine.

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This lunar lander is a single-stage, fully reusable system that incorporates proven technologies and systems from NASA's Orion spacecraft in flight.

Blue Origin is at the 69 Annual International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany this week, where it has joined leading space companies and agencies to support the creation of The Moon Race, a non-profit working to launch a competition for teams looking for a ride to the lunar surface.

According to Tim Cichan, space exploration architect at Lockheed Martin Space, the reusability aspect was made easier because, " this lander doesn't have to endure the punishment of re-entering Earth's atmosphere, it can be re-flown many times over without needing significant and costly refurbishment.

The company also announced a collaboration with OHB SE and MT Aerospace on a future Blue Moon mission.

Lockheed's lunar lander will serve as a precursor to an even more ambitious spacecraft: a Mars lander.

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