The Artemis program logo inside NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building. NASA hopes to begin human Moon landings as early as 2025 with the Artemis 3 mission. Credit: Theresa Cross / Spaceflight Insider
In a media teleconference, NASA officials updated the agency’s projected timeline for the early phase of its Artemis program, which aims to return humans to the Moon.
Following the dismissal of Blue Origin’s lawsuit against NASA over the agency’s decision to select SpaceX to develop a Starship-based Human Landing System to send astronauts to the surface of the Moon for the Artemis 3 mission, a new timeline is starting to become more clear.
The Space Launch System for the Artemis 1 mission stands fully-stacked inside NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: NASA
According to NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, Artemis 1 — an uncrewed test flight of the Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft around the Moon — is targeting mid-February 2022 for launch. Artemis 2, now slated for no earlier than May 2024, would be the first crewed flight of the SLS/Orion system and involve sending four astronauts on a free-return trajectory around the Moon.
However, the main delay was the postponement of the ...