Businessman Elon Musk claimed that his company SpaceX could land on the moon within the next three years, as the US space agency NASA chose the rocket company last week to build the landing craft on the surface of the moon, which will be a key component of the Artemis program.
Artemis aims to land astronauts on the surface of the Moon by 2024, and eventually establish a permanent human presence on Earth's rocky neighbor, and speaking at a press conference last week, Musk said he believed NASA's ambitious timeline was still a reasonable goal for SpaceX.
I think that will happen, I think 2024 seems likely, said SpaceX president on April 23 after the successful launch of SpaceX's Crew-2 mission, which docked at the International Space Station over the weekend, and we will target sooner than that.
NASA chose the company's Starship rocket to transport astronauts to the surface of the moon, and NASA awarded a contract worth 2.1 billion pounds to SpaceX to build a lander that will return humans to the moon, and the agency chose the company over its rival owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin and defense contractor Dynetics Inc.
NASA said it will transport two American astronauts as part of the Artemis program, which could lead to a permanent base on the moon and a landing on Mars.