The American space agency plans to return to our beautiful satellite in 2024. With this goal in mind recently has awarded nearly $ 1 billion to three space companies, including those owned by Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. The reason? Develop lunar landers for returning to the moon.
The three they will compete against each other during the contract period, and will end in February 2021, when NASA decides which of them will have the opportunity to carry out the demonstration missions. "America is taking the last step forward to land astronauts on the moon by 2024, including the incredible moment when we will see the first woman set foot on the lunar surface"said the NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine.
"This is the first time since the Apollo era that NASA has direct funding for a human landing system, and now we have contracted companies to do the work for the Artemis program.". The human landing system is one of the key elements of the Artemis mission, together with the Space Launch System, the Orion crew capsule and the Lunar Gateway, a small space station that will orbit the Moon.
Preparations are continuing despite the current world pandemic. "I mean it is important that this agency does this now, because our country, and the whole world has been rocked by this coronavirus pandemic"finally declares Bridenstine."Still, we must give people hope. We have to give them something they can look at, dream about, something that will inspire not only the nation but the whole world."