Starship to land NASA astronauts on the moon
NASA said on Friday in a video conference announced it has awarded space company SpaceX a $2.9 billion contract to build a spacecraft to bring astronauts to the moon as early as 2024. The companies who submitted tenders were Space X, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and defense contractor Dynetics. Space X won the contract outbidding others.
Steve Jurczyk, NASA’s acting administrator said:
“We should accomplish the next landing as soon as possible,”. “This is an incredible time to be involved in human exploration, for all humanity.” “If they hit their milestones we have a shot at 2024,” Jurczyk added.
The NASA announcement added to an extraordinary run for Musk, who is one of the world’s richest people thanks to his 22 percent stake in electric car maker Tesla.
Space X in a statement on their website said:
Only 24 humans have been to the Moon, and no one has been back since 1972. Today, NASA announced they have selected Starship to land the first astronauts on the lunar surface since the Apollo program. We are humbled to help NASA usher in a new era of human space exploration.
We are honored to be a part of NASA’s Artemis Program to safely land the first woman and next man on the surface of the Moon, as the first of many, many more people to follow.
NASA plans for a long-term stay on the moon that is in line with its vision to further space travel to an even more ambitious plan to send astronauts to reach Mars. NASA is leaning heavily on private companies like Space X to achieve a shared vision for space exploration.