Artemis program to establish permanent US manned presence on the Moon
NASA has released an updated outline of its Artemis program to return US astronauts to the Moon and set up a permanent human presence there, beginning with the landing of the first woman and the next man on the Moon in 2024.
A full-sized mock-up of the lander that may one day put the next US astronauts on the Moon was unveiled today in Houston. The mock-up of the Human Landing System will be used to help astronauts and NASA engineers provide feedback on the final design.
Through its Artemis mission, NASA will endeavor to return humans, including the first woman, to the Moon in the year 2024, and it has just narrowed down the field of firms that will help carry the astronauts safely down to the lunar surface.
NASA has awarded a US$75.9-million contract to Masten Space Systems of Mojave, California, to produce and operate eight lunar mission payloads, including nine science and technology instruments to scout the Moon's south pole.