Virts is sure: the project, known as the Moon orbital platform-gateway, will not bring the required results. The astronaut noted that this is already a passed stage and the next International Space Station will take a lot of time and money, while it is necessary to concentrate on landing on the satellite of our planet and eventually to fly to Mars. Also, Terry Virts said that it is necessary to test the technology that will help a person return to the lunar surface.
According to NASA, the gateway platform will serve not only as a complex for more detailed study of the moon and deep space, but will also become a staging point for astronauts who follow from Earth to Mars or vice versa.
Terry Wirths first went into space in 2010 on the shuttle Endeavor as a pilot. Then he was part of a long-term mission to the ISS. In total, Virts spent 213 days in space.
Mission Apollo 11 started on July 16, 1969, the crew included Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins. Four days later, on July 20, commander Neil Armstrong became the first person in history to set foot on the surface of the Moon.