NASA asks US space companies to step up for Artemis cargo runs


The Artemis program will return humans to the Moon by 2024, according to NASA, which received orders from the Trump administration earlier this year directing it to focus heavily on lunar exploration.

In a statement this week, NASA revealed that it has issued a Request for Proposals, which will give these companies a chance to propose their services for delivering supplies, science experiments, and cargo destined for the Moon.

This cargo will be sent on a ‘logistics spacecraft,’ according to NASA, which plans for it to spend six months docked at the Gateway leading to ‘automatic disposal.’ This spacecraft will need to launch on a commercial rocket, which is where the private aerospace companies come in.

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