The first test flight around the satellite will be held this year.
NASA plans to land a crew on the moon in 2024. This was stated by the head of the National Directorate of the USA on Aeronautics and space research (NASA) Jim Breidenstein, reports the Chronicle.info with reference to the Correspondent.
According to him, the successful flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft to the International space station (ISS) gives you the optimism to think that the next mission — a trip to the moon will be successful.
“Today (2 August — ed.) held a great victory, but we are only at the beginning. Space program Artemis has the goal of returning humans to the moon. We plan to go to the moon and stay there. We are going to learn how to live and work there for a long time,” said Breidenstein.
Program on exploration of the moon called Artemis will consist of three stages: the first mission (Artemis 1), which provides for an unmanned test flight of Orion around the moon and return to Earth, scheduled for the second half of 2020. The second stage of the Artemis 2 — flyby of the satellite with the crew on Board — must be held in 2022.
In the third phase of the mission (Artemis 3) NASA expects to carry out the landing of astronauts on the moon in 2024.