NASA Announces Plans for Second Moon Lander Under Artemis Program

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NASA hopes to return humans to the lunar surface beneath Artemis as soon as possible, and the agency today announced plans to create additional opportunities for commercial companies to develop an astronaut lunar lander. US companies plan to propose lander concepts that could transport astronauts between the moon’s orbit and the lunar surface for missions beyond Artemis III, which will land the first astronauts on the moon in more than 5 decades. Read more for a video and additional information.

This second contract is officially called “Sustaining Lunar Development” and will be combined with the second option under SpaceX’s original landing price. Once the draft request is published, NASA will host a virtual industry day this summer before submitting the formal request for proposals. The agency is currently following two paths at once for continuing the development and demonstration of lunar landers, the first calling for additional work under an existing contract with SpaceX and another open to all other US companies.

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Under Artemis, NASA will conduct a series of groundbreaking missions on and around the Moon to prepare for the next great leap for humanity: a manned mission to Mars. Competition is critical to our success on the lunar surface and beyond, enabling us to perform a series of missions over the next decade. Thanks to the Biden administration and Congress for supporting this new astronaut landing opportunity, which will ultimately strengthen and increase flexibility for Artemis,” said NASA administrator Bill Nelson.

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