The announcement is historic: NASA has formalized a contract with the private space company SpaceX as part of its Artemis program.
The contract includes a check for $ 2.89 billion that will allow SpaceX to build and adapt an HLS (Human Landing System) based on the Starship spacecraft already developed by Elon Musk’s company.
The launcher will be used to retrieve the astronauts of the Artemis 3 mission who will be the first in the program to go to lunar soil. These astronauts will have previously been sent to the Moon from an Orion capsule powered by NASA’s SLS.
NASA has therefore not abandoned the development of its SLS and the choice of Starship comes above all from the ability of the spacecraft X to return to Earth.
NASA could entrust the entire mission to the Starship spacecraft, however the Artemis program also serves as a springboard for the development of the SLS. The lunar missions are thus only a trial run to validate the various SLS systems before considering more distant missions with the planet Mars as their line of sight.
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