(ORDO NEWS) — Elon Musk’s company SpaceX will send astronauts to the moon. The organization won the corresponding contract from NASA, according to the agency’s website.
“This is another exciting step in our journey back to the moon,” said Katie Luders, head of NASA’s manned missions program. In addition to SpaceX, Jeff Bezos’ company Blue Origin, together with Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper, as well as Dynetics, also competed for the right to deliver people to the surface of the satellite.
It is expected that the Orion spacecraft will carry four astronauts to the lunar station. After that, two of them will be sent to the moon by the Starship, owned by the Musk company. The cost of creating a system for landing a spacecraft on the surface of a satellite will cost almost $ 3 billion.
In May 2020, NASA presented the international Artemis Accords, which describes the international rules for the exploration of the Moon and the extraction of minerals on its territory.
So, for example, according to ten new principles specified in the agreement, the concept of “safe zones” around future lunar bases is now being introduced. In addition, NASA offers a public exchange of scientific data obtained, as well as registration of spacecraft on the Moon.
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