NASA orders three more Orion spacecraft to fly to the moon
USA, October 21. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has ordered three more Orion spacecraft within the framework of the Artemis program. A statement to this effect was released Thursday by spacecraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin.
“Lockheed Martin has contracted to supply NASA with three Orion spacecraft for Artemis missions,” the press release said. It is stressed that the administration may order six more vehicles for further missions in the future.
In the spring of 2019, NASA announced the Artemis program project, which will consist of three phases. The first of these (Artemis 1) will involve Orion flying unmanned around the moon and returning to Earth. The second phase (Artemis 2) will involve a flight around the natural satellite with a crew on board. At the third stage of the mission (Artemis 3) NASA expected to land astronauts on the Moon in 2024, and then send them to Mars tentatively in the mid-2030s.