NASA Postpones Human Lunar Landing
The leaders of NASA have stopped pushing to return humans to the moon by 2024. They moved it to about 2025. Last November 9, there was a media teleconference. NASA’s Bill Nelson said that the recent legal challenge to the SpaceX selection for a Human Landing System (HLS) award was a huge reason for delaying the landing goal that was set by the previous administration in March 2019.
Nelson said the litigation lasted for about seven months. NASA was not able to contact SpaceX in any way about the HLS program. They were only allowed to talk after the federal judge ruled against Blue Origin. The Artemis 3 mission aims to land on the moon. It was supposed to happen before 2024 ended. The litigation delays resulted in moving the lunar landing to 2025 or so. Nelson added that SpaceX and NASA need more time to re-evaluate the program’s status. They need to clarify things before committing to a specific mission schedule.