We last popped up to the moon in 1972. But now, the USA is going to work with Russia to head back to orbit ol' Luna on the way to Mars. Is your Space Race bone tingling?
Right now, the International Space Station is slated to be abandoned by NASA in 2024 and, like Geocities, one day, it will just be a memory, but now we might see what's next.
A few weeks ago, NASA and Roscosmos announced they'd work together to build the "Deep Space Gateway" a space station near the moon offering a "deep space environment for human missions that push further into the solar system" and to "the lunar surface."
The gateway is slated to be a public-private partnership where astronauts can try out "technologies" needed to go into deep space, all while orbiting the moon. That said, NASA's not really given a concrete goal.