NASA Uses SpaceX For Second Moon Landing Mission – Review Geek

The deal for the Artemis program is the latest in the relationship between SpaceX and NASA.

Artist's rendering of SpaceX's Starship spacecraft on the surface of the moon.

SpaceX is going to the moon at least one more time. Last week, NASA struck a deal with the company that will send astronauts to the lunar surface by the end of the decade. This mission will be the second to be conducted by SpaceX. Both efforts are part of NASA’s Artemis program.

Last year, the American space agency awarded SpaceX the contract to participate in the lunar journey. It’s our first true trip to the Moon since Apollo 17 brought Gene Cernan and Ronald Evans to the surface of Earth’s only natural satellite. SpaceX will reportedly use a modified version of its Starship spacecraft for the journey.

The first mission in the Artemis program launched this week. However, there were no astronauts aboard the SLS rocket that left for the moon on Thursday. The automated spaceflight will take Artemis I on a flyby of the moon to test critical technology to get humans back there. Artemis II, scheduled for 2024, will have a crew on board for another flyby.

In 2025, Artemis III will land on the lunar surface with astronauts on board. Marking humanity’s return to extra-Earth asteroids for the first time in over half a century. And if the trend continues, SpaceX will be the main vehicle to get them there.

Source: Digital Trends

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