A private company will be responsible for building the car that will transport the first woman to touch the moon. NASA has chosen the Elon Musk SpaceX project, with which it has signed a $ 2.8 billion contract.
The news comes a few days after the launch of the second SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule in “line service” with the space station, which is scheduled to be launched on April 22 and during which four astronauts will travel, including the first European to fly in flight. A special capsule, the Frenchman Thomas Pesquet from the European Space Agency (ESA).
Having become the heroes of missions in Earth’s orbit and having restored the ability to the United States to make astronauts fly, special soldiers are ready to take a big step into lunar soil.
As SpaceX competes with Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, Dynetics and finally the North American private agency has chosen Elon Musk to transport its first commercial vehicle to lunar soil (the probe).
The contract was signed within the scope of the Artemis program aiming to return to the moon in 2024. The arrival of the first woman – notes NASA – will only be the first step toward the change that she plans to bring our satellite to the surface soon also for the first black woman.
Thus, the return to the moon is enriched with a new piece, while the Artemis program continues to attract interest and cooperation at the international level, for example, with the European Space Agency (ESA), and the direct commitment of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) is also very strong. And our country’s industry with Leonardo and Thales Alenia Space (Thales Leonardo).
The Artemis program aims to take four astronauts into lunar orbit and will only be NASA’s superb Launcher, Space Launch System (SLS) on which the Orion capsule will be integrated.
Once in lunar orbit, two of the Orion astronauts will leave for the SpaceX lander, the Human Landing System (HLS), which will carry a human back half a century after the last mission of the Apollo program. . To moon soil.
According to NASA’s plans, this first mission expects the astronauts to stay on the surface of the moon for a week, after which the lander will transport them aboard the Orion, where they will meet their colleagues to return to Earth.
(With information from ANSA)