SpaceX flies to the moon at least once more. Last week, NASA formalized 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 of its kind to be conducted by SpaceX. Both endeavors are part of NASA’s Artemis program.
Last year, the American space agency commissioned SpaceX to take part in the moon trip. It’s our first real 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 trip.
The first mission in the Artemis program started this week. However, there were no astronauts aboard the SLS rocket that launched Thursday to the moon. The automated spaceflight will take Artemis I on a moon flyby to test critical technology to bring 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. For the first time in over half a century, this marks humanity’s return to planetoids beyond Earth. And if the trend continues, SpaceX will be the primary vehicle to get them there.
Source: digital trends
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