After the first moon landing on July 20, 1969, NASA is once again attempting to land humans on the moon again in a new stir under their ambitious goal known as “Artemis“. The space corporation disclosed its plans and various approaches they’re planning to take to seek more opportunities for commercial establishments to devise a lunar surface lander under the same mission.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX and NASA have announced their plans for a joint mission to bring people back to the moon last April 2021. Now, they provide an update on their progress and have an estimated timeframe for meeting the goal in 2026 or 2027. To achieve the grand goal, the space organization calls for submissions of concepts for space landers from space companies to carry people to and from the moon.
According to this proposed goal, the new and enhanced landers will possess the capacity to dock at Gateway, a lunar space station. It will allow NASA to have more crew members on board and enable them to transport more technology onto the lunar exterior to carry out further detailed research.
Future Artemis projects also promise to bring the first man and woman of color. To achieve this, the company has adopted two pathways. One is working with Musk’s SpaceX and the other direction is asking commercial companies to develop an astronaut moon lander. This goal proposed to be a portion of their long-term exploration of the lunar planetary body will launch the next big step in their space quest.
NASA signed a deal with SpaceX and aimed to transport people to the shell of the satellite planetary body by developing the Starship conveyance and transforming it into a moon lander. The two space enterprises are now operating on the initial Artemis moon or lunar landing towards 2025. However, the date is only tentative. There are no fixed details yet, and the targeted date is subject to changes.
For now, the space organization is looking to provide a draft solicitation in the coming weeks and host a virtual industry day for reviewing and commenting before it is presented as a formal request this Summer 2022. NASA is committed to beginning its long-term exploration of the lunar surface and gearing up for the next leap of exploration in the space sector.
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