The last mission to the Moon was in 1972. Thanks to the Artemis program, the Silver Globe will once again become a target for astronauts. NASA announced the selection of Elon Musk on Friday, April 16th. SpaceX is the only private entity currently capable of launching astronauts into space from American soil. In May 2020, two astronauts departed for the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the Crew Dragon, a capsule built by SpaceX. They are the first Americans to travel into outer space from their home country in nine years.
SpaceX will prepare the probe to travel to the Silver Globe. “It’s an amazing time”
The contract awarded to Elon Musk is worth $ 2.9 billion. SpaceX is preparing a lander that will safely transport American astronauts to the moon. The moon landing is an essential part of our “Moon to Mars” strategy. Today we have taken a big step forward. This is an amazing time, said Steve Gorshik, Acting Head of NASA.
“This groundbreaking move puts humanity on a path to sustainable exploration of the moon and allows us to plan missions deep within the solar system, including Mars,” said Cathy Loaders of NASA.
Watchman He notes that NASA’s decision to collaborate only with SpaceX has surprised some experts. The US Space Agency has traditionally tried to stimulate competition by keeping at least two contractors on the payroll. According to the magazine, the decision may be partly due to financial reasons. NASA refused:at. From Blue Origin, a company owned by Jeff Bezos, as well as Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.
Astronauts are scheduled to land on the moon by 2024.
Astronauts participating in the Artemis mission will go into space thanks to the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.
The rocket was built by NASA for years, and at the end of March it successfully passed a full engine test. The astronauts will embark on a journey into lunar orbit aboard the Orion spacecraft. After reaching their destination, SpaceX’s landing craft will transport them to the surface of the Silver Globe. After a week of exploring the moon, they will return to the Orion spacecraft and return to Earth on board. Humans are expected to return to the surface of the moon by 2024.