Nasa’s Moon Mission Pushed Back To 2025
Starship Be Elon Musk’s SpaceX Would Land Humans on The Surface of The Moon for The First Time Since the Initial Landing In 1972
The first space mission by Nasa since the year 1972 to take humans on the surface of the Moon has been further pushed back by another year to 2025. Few of the observers have expected Nasa’s Moon mission to maintain the previously scheduled timeline of 2024 due to the fact that the firm suffered from a shortfall in adequate funding along with a lawsuit that has been filed over the space landing vehicle.
The chief of the space agency Bill Nelson has confirmed the news regarding the delay of Nasa’s Moon return mission during a press conference that had been conducted on Tuesday. Under the Artemis program of Nasa, the space tech firm would be sending the first woman along with the 13th man to the surface of the Moon in the SpaceX Starship vehicle.
Recently, a federal judge of the United States has upheld the decision by Nasa to award the contract for the construction of a vehicle for lunar landing for this space mission to SpaceX, which is owned by Elon Musk. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, had filed a contest on the decision, in part due to his own statement as he said that the contract that has been made between SpaceX and Nasa was actually supposed to have been awarded to more than one bidding party.
The firm owned by Jeff Bezos; Blue Origin had also recently made a partnership with three different aerospace firms to vie for the contract of prestigious Nasa’s Moon return mission. However, it later occurred that the shortfall of funding from Congress was not the cause for this, according to a rationale that was published by Nasa soon after the announcement of the contract.
Delay in lunar landing
Mr. Nelson believes that the delay in the landing mission to the Moon by Nasa is partially due to the onset of the lawsuit. He said that the return to the lunar surface should be done as safely and quickly as possible, which has become the priority of the space agency. However, due to the filing of the lawsuit against the landing vehicle along with several other factors, the first human landing that is to occur under the Artemis operation by Nasa would be unable to occur before 2025.
It has been said by the commentators since the previous year that the cash problem of the lander had made the date of 2024 to be unattainable for the Nasa’s Moon return.
Last week’s judgment means that a new version of the Starship by SpaceX, which is currently undergoing thorough critical testing at a test site located in south-east Texas, will be used for the Artemis operation as Nasa’s Moon returns by carrying people to the lunar surface.
The first mission that would occur under the Artemis program is scheduled to fly in the month of February in the upcoming year. The Orion spacecraft would be launched by Nasa on the recently developed powerful Space Launch System (SLS) rocket without any human onboard to prevent any casualties in case of an unexpected incidental turn of events.
Nasa’s space missions
During the Orion mission, the spacecraft would fly around the surface of the Moon on a voyage that is expected to last three whole weeks in order to fully test out all of the systems before Nasa’s Moon return. The first flight, which would contain astronauts in the Artemis 2, will follow up in the year 2024 for an exploratory space mission to the surrounding areas around the Moon and would also be flying around the planet but would not land on the lunar surface.
While the Artemis 3 would be the first mission in Nasa’s Moon return in which the astronauts would be able to make their first landing on the surface of the Moon since the very first lunar landing in the year 1972 on Apollo 17. The Artemis 3 is planned to land on the south pole of the Moon, which is currently being thought to hold a massive amount of water-ice stored in craters that have never once seen the light of the Sun.
The ice within the craters could possibly be used to form rocket fuel on the surface of the Moon, which is likely to bring down the cost for the exploration of the Moon, as it would not be required to be shipped from Earth.