Elon Musk's SpaceX lands NASA contract to send people to the moon


NASA is getting ready to send astronauts to explore more of the Moon as part of the $2.89 billion Artemis program - and who better to put the plans in motion than Elon Musk's SpaceX.


SpaceX will continue the development of the first commercial human lander that will safely carry the next two American astronauts to the surface of the moob.


According to plans released by NASA, one of the chosen astronauts will be a woman, and will therefore make history as the first woman on the Moon.


Another goal of the Artemis program includes landing the first person of color on the lunar surface.


The agencys powerful Space Launch System rocket will launch four astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft for their multi-day journey to lunar orbit.


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There, two crew members will transfer to the SpaceX human landing system (HLS) for the final leg of their journey to the surface of the Moon.


After around a week of exploring the surface, they will board the lander for their short trip back to orbit where they will return to Orion and their colleagues before heading back to Earth.


Speaking about the announcement, Kathy Lueders, NASA's associate administrator for Human Explorations and Operations Mission Directorate said:


"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 womens equality and long-term deep space exploration.


"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."


In recognition of landing NASA's moon-landing project, Elon Musk took to Twitter to say: