NASA’s announcement that Space X will be allowed to build the rocket that will take astronauts and 100 tons of cargo from Earth to the moon came Friday. Thus, NASA eliminated competitors Amazon founder Jeff Bezos Blue Origin and Dyntex, writes Washington Post.
Lunar flight that becomes like this The first since Apollo 17 left the moon in December 1972, and is due to be completed in 2024.
The Lunar Space X spacecraft differs in many ways from the Apollo missions, in that the Saturn V elevated the command and service unit into Earth orbit where they then began their journey towards the moon. Once there, one of the two astronauts went down to the surface of the Moon in a Lunar Lander.
Space X rymdraket spacecraft The crew will take all the way to the surface of the moon where the rocket will land and then take off when the mission on the moon is completed.
The announcement comes on the same day that four astronauts prepare to take off at the International Space Station (ISS) on April 22 aboard a Space X Crew Dragon rocket. All four are veterans: Shane Kimbro (189 days in space), Megan MacArthur (12 days in space), Akihiko Hoshid (140 days in space) and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet (196 days in space).