It won't come as a surprise to anyone if NASA doesn't send astronauts to the lunar surface in 2024. Whatever
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson broke the news at a press conference, but did it in a peculiar manner.
Federal court decision from last Friday, inwhich Jeff Bezos' company Blue Origin lost against NASA over a lunar ship contract “marks progress for the Artemis program,” Nelson said. But he warned that NASA is still not ready to disclose the timing of the mission. Then Nelson began to discuss the timing of the mission.
The first date is already known.Artemis I, in which NASA is supposed to launch an SLS rocket for the first time, is scheduled for February 12, 2022. NASA recently completed packing the rocket, including the installation of the Orion spacecraft. The 101-meter rocket still has some testing to go, but overall it looks like everything is going according to plan.
Nelson announced the approximate date of the missionArtemis II, which will "take astronauts further into space than ever before." This crewed mission to and from the moon (no landing) is now scheduled for May 2023 (previously April 2022).
Regarding Artemis III's highly anticipated missionlanding people on the moon, it will happen in 2025, not in 2024, as previously planned, Nelson said, blaming the delay on Jeff Bezos and the US Congress. The revised timeline will not affect subsequent mission schedules, including the construction of the Lunar Gateway (a space station in lunar orbit) and various activities planned for the lunar surface in the second half of the 2020s, he added.
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