NASA delays crewed moon landing to 2025
A few more years until US astronauts return to the moon
NASA has announced its Artemis III mission won’t be landing on the moon in 2024, and instead is aiming to launch the next year in 2025.
Originally, President Donald Trump’s administration reported NASA would send astronauts to the surface of the moon by 2024, a lot earlier than the agency’s 2028 target at the time.
“The Trump administration’s target of 2024 human landing was not grounded in technical feasibility,” NASA administrator Bill Nelson told reporters on a conference call.
The Artemis program's first launch, the Artemis I, will mark the debut of the SLS, and carry an Orion capsule around the Moon on a multi-week trip. If the flight is successful, the Artemis II flight will launch with astronauts on board. NASA has announced that Artemis II won’t launch until May 2024 at the earliest.
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