This will be the first return of humans to the moon since the Apollo missions. A Universal Lander will leave the Enterprise and land on the moon with several crew members. This is a kind of reunion trip for humans on the moon, but also, more importantly, we will have a new statement to make which is this: We are now here to stay. This time the Enterprise will bring a vast cargo of robotic equipment that will be left behind to begin the construction of a large, permanent, underground moon base. This includes a nuclear-powered robotic laser-digger to cut through rock to create very large underground cavities.
No people will be left behind on the moon when the Enterprise leaves the moon after this first mission. Instead, the robotic equipment will be left behind. The laser-digger will dig nearly 24/7 and long after the Enterprise has left the moon’s orbit. The digger and base-building equipment will be controlled from earth and will construct a basic human-supporting underground base once the digging has progressed far enough. When the Enterprise returns later on its second moon mission, it will bring the first humans to the base to stay as well as much more hardware. This hardware will be for building a more comfortable and long term base that includes 1g gravity made possible by assembling an underground gravity wheel.