NASA Plans to Build a Moon-Orbiting Space Station

By Mike Wall

You’ve probably heard about the moon-orbiting space station that NASA plans to start building in the next half-decade.

This outpost, known as the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway, will help humanity extend its footprint out into deep space and also enable a variety of interesting scientific and commercial activities on and around the moon, NASA officials have said.

But maybe you’re a little hazy on the details of the Gateway (a much nicer shorthand than the acronym LOP-G) — what it will look like, for example, or where exactly it will set up shop. If so, the following primer on the basics of this planned deep-space station should help. [21 Most Marvelous Moon Missions of All Time]

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