The US Space Agency said the spacecraft that will send NASA astronauts to the moon in 2024 will be built by SpaceX Elon Musk.
In competition for a nearly $ 3 billion contract, SpaceX defeated Jeff Bezos of Blue Origin and Dynetics.
The Americans plan to send two astronauts to the moon in 2024. – NASA President Steve Gorschek said Friday that we should achieve the next landing (on the moon) as soon as possible.
Before flying with astronauts, it will be necessary to make a test flight to the moon.
NASA representative Mark Kyrasisch said the agency hopes that the three companies that have bid for the contract will continue to compete for a transfer to the moon. The goal – he emphasized – is “regularly repeated” trips to the Earth’s satellite.
NASA said in a statement that the HLS SpaceX spacecraft will land on the moon’s surface “based on the company’s Raptor engines and the Falcon and Dragon flying experience.” The ship has a spacious cabin and two airlocks for use by astronauts to head out to the moon. It will be built so that it can also be used for travel to Mars.
Musk outlined an ambitious program for SpaceX, including the landing of astronauts on the Red Planet. In May, his company was the first private entity in history to launch humans into space on a rocket on the International Space Station (ISS).
Unlike the 1969-72 moon landing, NASA is now preparing for a longer presence on this satellite. This is the first step to sending astronauts to Mars.
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