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Musk says next Moon landing will probably be sooner than in 2024
by Evgeny Mikhaylov
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 17, 2021

File illustration of the SpaceX's lunar lander based on the Starship vehicle now under development in Texas.

NASA reportedly paid $300 million to SpaceX on 30 July to turn Starship into a crewed Moon lander for its Human Landing System (HLS) programme. In total, the project may require up to $3 billion in funding.

Once again, Elon Musk has shared his optimistic views on space exploration, saying that Moon travel may be closer than it seems. Replying to the Twitter account "Everything Artemis", which had asked Musk whether he expected to have Starship ready to land humans on the Moon by 2024, the SpaceX CEO said, "probably sooner".

According to recently revealed documents, it will take up to 16 launches to fully fuel a Starship Lander for the mission.

Following the NASA decision to give the contract to SpaceX, Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin asserted that SpaceX had received preferential treatment, saying that "only three total flight readiness reviews [were needed] instead of one for each launch".

Source: RIA Novosti

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