Europe will Help Build NASA’s Moon-orbiting Gateway Space Station
By Mike Wall | SPACE.com Senior Space Writer
OCTOBER 27, 2020 | NASA’s moon-orbiting space station just got a new high-profile partner.
(Image: © ESA/NASA/ATG Medialab)
The European Space Agency (ESA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Tuesday (Oct. 27) formalizing its collaboration on Gateway, a planned outpost in lunar orbit that NASA sees as key to its Artemis program of crewed moon exploration.
Under this new agreement, ESA will provide Gateway with a habitation module and a refueling module, both of which the European agency will operate once the hardware is up and running. ESA contributions will also include two additional service modules for NASA’s Orion capsule, the spacecraft that will launch Artemis astronauts from Earth atop the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) rockets.