NASA has chosen SpaceX to move the first two parts of the gateway orbiting the Moon, according to reports Space.com. The space station, planned under the Artemis program, will be tasked with supporting the invasion of the Moon, with its first elements launching in Florida in May 2024 with a Falcon Heavy missile. SpaceX was recently commissioned by NASA to launch the SPHEREx space telescope.
The company, led by Elon Musk, will supply Gateway’s housing and power unit with a mission costing $ 331.8 million. The Gate will be roughly one-sixth the size of the International Space Station and will orbit tens of thousands of miles from the moon. Spacecraft carrying crew and equipment will arrive here, and the station will form a kind of gateway for planned expeditions of the orb.
The Power Unit (PPE) will be built by Maxar Technologies, while the Residential and Logistic (HALO) component will be built by Northrop Grumman Space Systems. In addition to operating the gate, personal protective equipment will also assist in moving the station, while HALO will provide accommodation for the astronauts coming here.
The first goal of NASA’s Artemis program is to bring astronauts back to the moon again. Plans also include establishing a permanent human presence on the celestial body, which the portal will support. The space station might help you get to Mars later.