CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA is turning to personal industry for the first lunar landers for astronauts in a 50 %-century, with 3 competing, pretty contrasting variations.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine introduced Thursday the 3 companies that will acquire, create and fly lunar landers, with the goal of returning astronauts to the moon in 2024 and in the end on to Mars.
The companies are SpaceX in Hawthorne, California, led by Elon Musk Blue Origin in Kent, Washington, established by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Dynetics, a Huntsville, Alabama, subsidiary of Leidos. Altogether, the contracts for the original ten-month period of time total $967 million.
“This is the very last piece that we have to have in order to get to the moon” by 2024, Bridenstine explained.
He noted it will be the first lunar lander since the very last Apollo moon mission in 1972.
Around the upcoming ten months, each