The Lunar Gateway is an in-development space station in lunar orbit intended to serve as a solar-powered communications hub, science laboratory, short-term habitation module, and holding area for rovers and other robots. I am not doubting NASA team about it but I am just asking why is the lunar gateway so important. Why can't we just dismantle International Space Station and join them again in lunar orbit . It can serve in the same way and can be economically viable as anyways ISS is going to expire one day.

  • $\begingroup$ What your view on this ? $\endgroup$
    – Akshat
    Commented Mar 30, 2020 at 13:03
  • $\begingroup$ "Share your views" means your question is asking for opinion based answers which is not allowed. Please review the help center topic space.stackexchange.com/help/dont-ask and consider an edit to bring your question into scope for the site. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 30, 2020 at 13:20
  • $\begingroup$ ISS should not be dismantled, it could be dragged to lunar orbit with ion drive(s). The problem is that current space exploration projectleaders get itching if there is anything about improvisation. They would choose to destroy the ISS (calling it "take it home"), and then build a new one on lunar orbit in the future ($=$never). $\endgroup$
    – peterh
    Commented Mar 30, 2020 at 15:31
  • $\begingroup$ The ISS is far too heavy to be transported to a lunar orbit. $\endgroup$
    – Uwe
    Commented Mar 30, 2020 at 15:38


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