SpaceX Will Land Americans on the Moon Again, With NASA’s Artemis

NASA has announced the company that will help land Americans on the surface of the Moon again, and then, hopefully, farther off on other planets and on Mars: SpaceX.
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For the past year, NASA has been working with three partners as part of the Artemis program, which will put man (and woman) on the lunar surface again: Blue Origin, Dynetics, and SpaceX. SpaceX has been awarded the $2.89 billion contract to build the lunar lander, which, NASA explains, will be based on Starship.

Starship is SpaceX’s reusable rocket, which, CEO Elon Musk hopes, will also take man to Mars and eventually lead to the Red Planet’s colonization. NASA is showing faith in the reusable rocket as well, picking it for the Artemis mission as the lunar lander. In this capacity, it will put the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon by 2025.

“This is an exciting time for NASA and especially the Artemis team,” Lisa Watson-Morgan, program manager for HLS at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, says in a statement. “During the Apollo program, we proved that it is possible to do the seemingly impossible: land humans on the Moon. By taking a collaborative approach in working with industry while leveraging NASA’s proven technical expertise and capabilities, we will return American astronauts to the Moon’s surface once again, this time to explore new areas for longer periods of time.”

The phrase “sustainable lunar exploration” is also included in the press release, which gives a hint as to the edge Starship had over rival proposals. SpaceX’s main focus is on developing reusable rockets, which can land on their own vertically, thus enabling considerably lower mission costs and higher mission frequencies.

The video below offers a bit more details into what NASA is hoping to achieve with the lunar landing.

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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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