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NASA picks Blue Origin to build lunar landers in $3.4 billion

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Like SpaceX, Blue Origin plans to practice landing on the moon without a crew, before putting astronauts on board.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. —  Jeff Bezos’ rocket company has won a NASA contract to land astronauts on the moon, two years after it lost out to SpaceX.

Blue Origin received a $3.4 billion contract Friday to lead a team to develop a lunar lander named Blue Moon. It will be used to transport astronauts to the lunar surface as early as 2029, following a pair of crew landings by Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

NASA will get astronauts to lunar orbit using its own rockets and capsules, but wants private companies to take over from there.



2023-05-19 21:42:47

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