Watch: NASA returns to the moon in style


“We’ve taken giant leaps and left our mark in the heavens. Now we’re building the next chapter, returning to the Moon to stay, and preparing to go beyond. We are NASA – and after 60 years, we’re just getting started…”

So reads the description for NASA’s latest video, titled “We Are Nasa,” created to announce their much-anticipated return to the moon, as well as upcoming missions to Mars. The inspirational video, through pulse-pounding music and language, is designed to remind us not only how far space exploration has gone in NASA’s 60 years of existence, but how far we still have to go.

With a voiceover by “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe, the video also seeks to inspire the next generation of “Star Surfers” in ways space exploration did when the galaxy above was truly seen as the “final frontier,” and not just a possible exit strategy should things ever go foul here on earth.

To infinity and beyond

“It’s time we take the next great leap,” the video tells us, in Mike Rowe’s steady tenor. “We’re building the next chapter of American exploration, returning to the moon, to stay, so we can go beyond, to Mars.”

These missions are the result of President Trump’s Space Policy Directive-1, apart of his (to much humor) “Space Force,” issued last year. The policy directed NASA to once again send astronauts to the Moon, as well as Mars a little further down the line. Whether they’ll beat billionaires Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, who have been launching their own space missions through their SpaceX and Blue Origin companies respectively, remains to be seen.

(If you’re interested in exploring that possibility, check out this article: Will private companies take over the galaxy?)

The last NASA-manned mission to the Moon was back in 1972.

Click to watch the video above.

Read this next: The world’s (galaxy’s) first luxury space hotel will launch in 2021