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Elon Musk offers NASA help from SpaceX to develop spacesuits for future trip to the Moon



Elon Musk offers NASA help from SpaceX to develop spacesuits for future trip to the Moon


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10 ago 2021 23:05 GMT

The delay in the development of the suits is one of the factors that makes it impossible for an astronaut to set foot on the Moon in 2024, as NASA planned.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has offered to help NASA develop space suits after the US space agency’s inspector general, Paul Martin, announced that due to delays in this process it will not be possible for man set foot on the moon again in 2024. .

“SpaceX can do it if necessary,” Musk wrote on Twitter, commenting on a post with a report by Martin on the subject. With $420 million spent on the program and another $625 million planned, the suits won’t be “ready to fly until April 2025 at the earliest,” NASA’s inspector general said.

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Martin previously clarified that according to NASA’s plans, the first two xEMU (‘Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit’) spacesuits should be ready by November 2024, but the administration “faces significant difficulties in achieving this goal.” with lack of financing, the impact of the pandemic and technical problems, it is already 20 months.

The Artemis program, which aims to establish a permanent human presence both on the Moon’s surface and in its orbit, began under President Donald Trump. Astronauts were expected to return to the lunar surface in 2024, but the Biden Administration says that date is under review.

The program, announced by NASA in 2019, will consist of three phases: the first will consist of an unmanned flight of the Orion spacecraft around the Moon and its return to Earth. The second phase provides for a flight around the Moon with crew on board. In the third phase of the mission, NASA seeks to carry out the landing of astronauts on the Moon, initially in 2024.

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