Station NASA, which is planning to build on the back side of the moon, will not only have to observe the solar system, but also provide a flight to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and later - to Mars.
The National Agency for Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to build a base for the other side of the natural satellite of the Earth - the Moon.
Until recently, the information about the ambitious project was kept secret because the outcome of the presidential election became clear only on November 7. Democrat Barack Obama won the election, is a supporter of the project, while his Republican rival Mitt Romney lobbied for budget cuts, including a science.
According to the expert, John Logdona NASA, the space station will be located a few tens of thousands of kilometers from the surface of the moon in the libration point - where the magnitude and the direction of forces acting on an object by the Earth and the Moon , are such that it remains stationary relative to both celestial bodies .
Located in the station will be out of five libration points, which is located at the back side of the moon, invisible from Earth. It is estimated that this will significantly reduce the costs.
"The plant will not only have to observe the solar system, but also provide a flight to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and later - to Mars," - said the expert.
Plans to carry out scientific mission to the asteroid belt by 2025 and a manned mission to Mars in the 2030's.
Logdon added that Obama's victory in the elections means that the agency will receive the funding required for the development of the station. NASA's budget for 2012-2013 is $ 17 billion.