We Are Going

– [Narrator] 50 years ago we
pioneered a path to the moon. The trail we blazed cut through
the fictions of science, and showed us all what was possible. Today our calling to
explore is even greater. To go farther, we must be
able to sustain missions of greater distance and duration. We must use the resources
we find at our destinations, we must overcome radiation,
isolation, gravity, and extreme environments
like never before. These are the challenges we face to push the bounds of humanity. We’re going to the moon to stay, by 2024. And this is how. – This all starts with
the ability to get larger, heavier payloads off planet,
and beyond Earth’s gravity. – For this, we designed
an entirely new rocket. – The Space Launch System. SLS will be the most powerful
rocket ever developed. – [Female] And with
components and production – And more in testing, – This system is capable
of being the catalyst for deep space missions. – [Female] We need a capsule
that can support humans from launch, through deep space, and return safely back to earth. – For this, we’ve built Orion. – This is NASA’s next
generation human space capsule. – Using data from lunar orbiters that continue to reveal the
moon’s hazards and resources, we’re currently developing
an entirely new approach to landing and operating on the moon. – Using our commercial partners to deliver science instruments
and robotics to the surface, we are paving the way for
human missions in 2024. – [Narrator] Our charge is
to go quickly, and stay. To press our collective efforts forward, with a fervor that will
see us return to the moon in a manner that is wholly
different than 50 years ago. – We want lunar lander’s
that are reusable, that can land anywhere
on the lunar surface. The simplest way to do so
is to give them a platform, in orbit, around the moon,
from which to transition. – An orbiting platform to
host deep space experiments, and be a way-point for human capsules. We call this lunar outpost, Gateway. – [Female] The beauty of the Gateway is that it can be moved between orbits. – [Male Narrator] It will balance between the earth and moon’s gravity, [Female Narrator] In a position
that is ideal for launching even deeper space missions. – In 2009, we learned that the moon contains millions of tons of water ice. – This ice could be extracted
and purified for water, and be separated into
oxygen for breathing, or hydrogen for rocket fuel. – The moon is quite uniquely suited to prepare us and propel
us to Mars and beyond. – This is what we’re building. – This is what we’re training for. – This we can replicate
throughout the solar system. – This is the next chapter
of human space exploration. – [Narrator] Humans are
the most fragile element of this entire endeavor, and yet we go for humanity. They go to the moon and on
to Mars to seek knowledge and understanding, and to share it with all. We go knowing our efforts
will create opportunities that cannot be foreseen. We go because we are destined to explore and see it with our own eyes. We turn towards the moon now, not as a conclusion, but as preparation. As a checkpoint toward
all that lies beyond. Our greatest adventures
remain ahead of us. We are going. – We’re going. – We are going. [Rocket engine blast] – We are going. – We’re going.

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