NASA delays crewed Moon landing to ‘no earlier than 2025’

Why it issues: NASA has supplied the primary main replace to its Artemis program beneath the Biden administration, and it’s not what most would think about excellent news. Luckily, we nonetheless have one other main milestone to look ahead to subsequent month with the launch of the James Webb Area Telescope.

NASA Administrator Invoice Nelson mentioned returning to the Moon as shortly and safely as attainable is an company precedence. “Nevertheless, with the latest lawsuit and different elements, the primary human touchdown beneath Artemis is probably going no sooner than 2025,” he added.

NASA earlier this yr awarded SpaceX a contract to develop a lunar lander for Artemis, the company’s spaceflight program tasked with returning people to the Moon. The choice didn’t sit nicely with rival Blue Origin, which determined to sue NASA over the choice.

A choose dismissed the lawsuit final week, however not earlier than it put NASA practically seven months delayed.

NASA additionally mentioned the Trump Administration’s touchdown objective of 2024 was not technically possible.

Artemis I is to be an uncrewed check of the Area Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft. Artemis II will comply with as a crewed check flight across the Moon, taking people farther into house than ever earlier than – roughly 40,000 miles previous the Moon. Artemis III is the crewed lunar touchdown mission referenced above.

Within the interim, house fanatics have the launch of the James Webb Area Telescope to look ahead to. The oft-delayed house observatory lately accomplished its journey from California to the Guiana Area Centre in French Guiana, and is scheduled for launch on December 18, 2021.

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