The United States plans to return its astronauts to the moon as part of the Artemis program in 2025. This was announced on Tuesday, November 9, by the head of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration Bill Nelson.
“The changes will lead to the fact that the mission” Artemis – 2 “(in which people will land on the surface of the moon – Ed.), Which is manned mission, will potentially date from May 2024, ”he said at a press briefing.
Some changes in the launch will delay the landing of a man on the moon until at least 2025, Nelson said.
On August 10, the office of NASA’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration said that the landing of American astronauts on the moon in 2024 was impossible, since the spacesuits were not ready for them.
According to the report, the suits will not be ready for flight until at least April 2025.
On April 16, NASA announced that SpaceX had received the contract to send astronauts to the moon in 2024. It is noted that the amount of the contract is $ 2.89 billion. According to it, the company must develop the first commercial lander, which will safely deliver two American astronauts to the lunar surface.
It is assumed that as part of the Artemis mission, NASA will be the first to deliver a woman and a colored man to the lunar surface. In addition, as part of the program, extensive operations will be carried out on and around the moon, and NASA will also prepare for human flights to Mars, follows from the message on the agency’s website.
“We will build Camp Artemis on the surface and the Gateway in lunar orbit. These elements will allow our robots and astronauts to explore more and conduct more scientific research than ever before, ”the message says.
NASA’s lunar program “Artemis” provides for three flights to the moon. The first stage is planned in 2021, the second in 2023. During the third, it is planned to land people on the moon using the Orion spacecraft.