An artist's conception of Deep Space Gateway at the moon. In the coming decades, NASA and Lockheed Martin plan to use this as a staging point for deep space missions, if funding comes through. | Lockheed Martin

A Fully Automated Science Lab Could Be Coming to NASA’s New Lunar Station

The agency is considering how to conduct science experiments on the Deep Space Gateway station, even while no crew members are on board.

One of the challenges of the Deep Space Gateway will be creating a space flexible enough to accommodate several astronauts for weeks at a time. | Lockheed Martin