Even before humans set foot back on the dusty lunar surface, Nasa has plenty of non-humanoid moon plans in the pipeline.
Bridenstine went on to say NASA is eager to get started "as quickly as possible" and have already committed to working with nine U.S. companies to start sending new science instruments to the moon's surface on commercial cargo deliveries. "I want to be clear - that is not our vision", said Jim Bridenstine, the NASA administrator.
Bridenstine said that the space community has been given a mandate by President Trump to return to the moon.More news: North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones dies after entering hospice care
But first, he said, the agency needs to train and refine techniques for Mars by having humans go back to the moon in about 10 years.
The agency will send "new science instruments and technology demonstrations" to the moon's surface on "commercial cargo moon deliveries" in the future.
NASA has announced plans to work with American companies to design and develop new reusable systems for astronauts to land on the lunar surface.
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NASA hopes to land astronauts on the moon once again "within the next decade".
Bridenstine said: "Billions of people around the world will watch history being made as astronauts explore more of the surface for longer periods of time than ever before, and help us prepare for missions to Mars and other destinations".
Bridenstine says the reinvigorated mission will introduce the Moon to the more than two-thirds of Americans that were not alive for the iconic Apollo landing.
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"But unlike Apollo, this time we're going to the moon to stay, and from there we'll take the next giant leap in deep space exploration". This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.