How CAPSTONE will bring home the bacon for Nasa

CAPSTONE is Nasa’s chosen candidate to go to the moon ahead of Gateway. It will perform all the necessary space gymnastics that the flying station will in future and ascertain if the path is safe and viable for Gateway to follow. Illustration: NASA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa), purportedly, plans to send one team of astronauts to the moon each year after 2024. Nasa’s moon missions or the Artemis programme have futuristic agendas: setting up a flying station and building habitats on the moon. This time around, people will set foot on our cosmic neighbour’s south pole, where no human has stepped so far.

Evidently, such ambitious ventures are riddled with extreme risks,......