Illustration of SpaceX Starship human lander design. SpaceX
NASA is planning to send astronauts back to the Moon for the first time in almost 50 years, thanks to the Artemis program. Now, NASA has announced that SpaceX will develop the first commercial human lander, and that SpaceX will ultimately be responsible for carrying the next two American astronauts to the lunar surface.
It was a notable win.
The contract is worth an impressive $2.9 billion. And to secure the contract, SpaceX was forced to best Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, which had formed a team by partnering with aerospace giants Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Draper. Dynetics, a defense contractor, also participated in the competition.
The three candidates all participated in the initial phase of the NASA contract, and it was expected that two would be selected for the next stage. BY selecting SpaceX alone, NASA lends an added air of trust to the bludgeoning company.
The Artemis program goals also include landing the first person of color and the first woman on the lunar surface
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