As two NASA astronauts along with other members of the Crew-2 returned to Earth successfully, after spending nearly six months on the International Space Center, the aerospace agency has revealed that its most-ambitious Artemis mission is much likely to suffer a delay due to various reasons. While NASA hoped to complete their Artemis moon program by 2024, the plan has now been pushed by another year due to the pandemic difficulties and the series of lawsuits filed by Jeff Bezos’ aerospace company Blue Origin.
In a recently held news conference, NASA administrator Bill Nelson said, “We lost nearly seven months in litigation, and that likely has pushed the first human landing likely to no earlier than 2025. We are estimating no earlier than 2025 for Artemis 3, which would be the human lander on the first demonstration landing.” While Bezos’ space company protested against NASA’s decision to award a multi-billion dollar contract to Elon Musk’s SpaceX, a federal judge recently rejected the lawsuit, allowing NASA-SpaceX to resume their work.
Furthermore, Nelson even blamed Congress for not providing enough budget to develop a landing system for their Artemis lunar program. But what surprised everyone was Nelson comment on China’s expanding space program which could overtake the US lunar mission. Nelson added, “We are facing a very aggressive and good Chinese space program,” as he highlighted the point. But he also assured many by talking about the aggressive approach that they plan to adopt. “We’re going to be as aggressive as we can be in a safe and technically feasible way to beat out competitors with boots on the moon,” he said.
Meanwhile, talking about space explorations, NASA has launched nearly three crews aboard SpaceX capsules to the space center, and is currently preparing for the launch of the next team since the recent successful arrival of Crew-2.
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