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Musk’s Spacex to build moon lander


Nasa has chosen Spacex to build the lunar lander that will eventually put the first woman and person of colour on the moon.

The announceme­nt came a few hours after Spacex’s most internatio­nal crew of astronauts yet arrived in Florida for a lift-off next week.

Elon Musk’s Starship – the futuristic, shiny steel rocketship that’s been launching and exploding in Texas – beat out landers proposed by Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin and Dynetics, a subsidiary of Leidos, for the contract worth $2.89 billion (£2.1bn).

“We won’t stop at the moon,” said Nasa’s acting administra­tor Steve Jurczyk, adding that Mars is the ultimate goal.

Nasa declined to provide a target launch date for the moonlandin­g Artemis mission. The Trump administra­tion had set a 2024 deadline, but on Friday Nasa officials called it a goal.

“We’ll do it when it’s safe,” said Kathy Lueders, who leads Nasa’s human space exploratio­n office.

The astronauts will fly to the moon on the Nasa-launched Orion capsule, then transfer to Starship in lunar orbit for the ride down to the surface and back.

Nasa has said at least one of the first moonwalker­s since 1972 would be the first woman on the moon, while another goal is to send a person of colour to the lunar surface.

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The Spacex Starship.

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