Space

NASA Taps SpaceX for 2nd Astronaut Moon Landing

By Aazam

SpaceX's next-generation Starship spacecraft was selected by NASA as the first crewed lunar lander for the agency's Artemis moon exploration programme.

To improve redundancy and resilience for the moon mission, NASA put out a request for proposals from other businesses who wish to supply crewed landers for Artemis.

SpaceX wasn't allowed to compete in this second round, but NASA officials said they'd exercise a contract option to award future landing missions.

This important effort will help us construct sustainable, service-based lunar landers for NASA's recurring lunar missions, she said.

Even more progress will be made for the Artemis programme soon: Early on Wednesday morning, the Artemis 1 mission is planned to launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

A Space Launch System (SLS) rocket will be used by Artemis 1 to launch an unmanned Orion spacecraft on a 26-day journey to lunar orbit and return.

NASA wants the SpaceX craft to do an uncrewed test touchdown before taking people to the lunar surface, thus Artemis 3 will really be Starship's second moon landing