Late on Friday, SpaceX, the Hawthorne, California-based S. Africa-borne American billionaire business entrepreneur Elon Musk’s space venture, said in a statement tha;t the NASA had awarded Musk’s space company a $2.9 billion contract to construct a spaceship that would be able to send astronauts to lunar space by 2024, while NASA had handpicked Tesla boss Musk’s SpaceX over Bezos-owned Blue Origin and US-based defence contractor Dynetics Inc., added the statement.
In point of fact, latest statement from SpaceX came forth as Seattle retailer Amazon boss Jeff Bezos alongside Tesla Chief Elon Musk, the world’s first- and second-richest person to-date, had been competing to spearhead a NASA mission to send human race again into the Moon for first time since 1972, when NASA’s Apollo 17 had successfully brought three astronauts into lunar space in 12 days, 13 hours and 51 minutes.
Musk’s SpaceX owns NASA contract to send astronauts into Moon by 2024
Concomitantly, in the latest flashpoint of a NASA auction to hire private space companies to send humans into the space, Musk’s SpaceX had bidden alone for the project, while Amazon.com Inc.
boss Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin had tied up with Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman Corp. alongside Draper, however, NASA had picked Musk’s SpaceX over the bid submitted by Bezos’ Blue Origin-led consortium. Aside from that, in a video conference announcement released late on Friday, NASA’s acting administrator, Steve Jurczyk, said “We should accomplish the next landing as soon as possible.
If they hit their milestones, we have a shot at 2024”. Besides, NASA, which has awarded Musk’s SpaceX the first commercial human lander contract for Moon, added that the project was a part of its Artemis program and the lander would carry two American astronauts into lunar surface.
Followed by the announcement, Musk tweeted, “NASA Rules!! ”