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SpaceX wins NASA contract to design Starship moon lander – Dezeen

Elon Musk’s SpaceX will develop the first commercial human lander for NASA as part of its Artemis program, which will carry the first woman to the moon.

Top image: the spacecraft will land humans on the moon
Top image: the spacecraft will land humans on the moon

Elon Musk’s SpaceX will develop the first commercial human lander for NASA as part of its Artemis program, which will carry the first woman to the moon.Named Starship, the human landing system (HLS) designed by SpaceX will carry crew, supplies and equipment between a craft in lunar orbit and the moon’s surface during the planned 2024 mission.

The astronauts will be launched into orbit in NASA’s Space Launch System rocket onboard the Orion spacecraft. Two crew members will then transfer to SpaceX’s Starship, which will transport them down to the moon.

Above: NASA has chosen SpaceX for the Artemis mission.

“With this award, NASA and our partners will complete the first crewed demonstration mission to the surface of the Moon in the 21st century as the agency takes a step forward for women’s equality and long-term deep space exploration,” NASA’s associate administrator for human explorations and operations mission directorate Kathy Lueders said.

“This critical step puts humanity on a path to sustainable lunar exploration and keeps our eyes on missions farther into the solar system, including Mars.”

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