NASA delays its first crewed Artemis mission until September 2025 (Engadget)

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    NASA delays its first crewed Artemis mission until September 2025 – By Kris Holt (Engadget) / Jan 9, 2024

    Artemis 3, which will mark the return of humans to the lunar surface, is now targeting a September 2026 launch.

    NASA is delaying its return to the Moon with the Artemis program. “To give Artemis teams more time to work through the challenges with first-time developments, operation and integration, we’re gonna give more time on Artemis 2 and 3,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson told reporters on a call.

    As such, Artemis 2, which had been scheduled for a November 2024 launch, is now targeting September 2025. That four-person mission is set to fly around the Moon, in a similar fashion to the uncrewed Artemis 1. As for Artemis 3, which will take humans back to the lunar surface for the first time since 1972, that’s now targeted for September 2026, marking a nine-month delay.

    Those are the only delays NASA has announced for now. Nelson said “Artemis 4 remains on track for September 2028.” Along with a lunar landing, that mission will mark the delivery of a habitat module to the Lunar Gateway, a space station that’s planned for lunar orbit.

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