NASA postpones the landing of astronauts on the Moon to 2025, mainly thanks to Jeff Bezos

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NASA has officially postponed the date of the first human landing on the moon under the Artemis program. Now this will happen no earlier than 2025.

The court with Blue Origin, funding problems for the program and delays in the manufacture of lunar spacesuits led to this decision.

Artemis was launched in 2019, in addition to NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and agencies from other countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Brazil and Australia participate in it.

The tasks of the program were the return of people to the lunar surface (the last landing took place in 1972), the creation of a circumlunar orbital station Deep Space Gateway and a base on the surface.

The program included various scientific research, like the delivery of lunar ice samples to Earth.

Earlier it was expected that the flight under the Artemis-3 program, during which astronauts will reach the lunar surface, will be carried out in 2024.

However, on November 9, 2021, NASA Director Bill Nelson announced that the flight would be delayed until at least 2025.

The main reason for this decision was, according to Nelson, the litigation with Blue Origin in the case of a contract for the development of the lunar landing system HLS (Human Landing System).

This led to a halt in work on the system, which is being carried out by SpaceX, for almost seven months.

The Blue Origin trial is the main, but not the only, reason for the postponement of Artemis-3.

The agency also has problems creating spacesuits for work on the moon, as well as problems with the budget allocated for HLS.

The flight under the Artemis-2 program, in which astronauts will fly around the moon for the first time on the Orion spacecraft, has also been postponed from 2023 to May 2024, and its cost has grown to $ 9.3 billion.

The first unmanned flight of Orion under the Artemis-1 program is scheduled for February 12, 2022.

Shifts in the dates of the first three flights of Artemis will not affect the schedule of later flights.

They include the construction of the Deep Space Gateway and full-time astronauts on the lunar surface, which will begin in the second half of the 2020s.

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