Boeing proposes lunar lander with fastest path to Moon — NASA Artemis mission

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NASA intends to send humans to the moon in an Orion capsule atop an SLS rocket. But, Boeing claims its design cuts that down to five mission critical events.

An artist's conception shows the ascent module taking off from the descent module on Boeing's lunar lander.

"Using the lift capability of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) Block 1B, we have developed a "Fewest Steps to the Moon" approach that minimizes mission complexity, while offering the safest and most direct path to the lunar surface", Jim Chilton, senior vice president of space and launch for Boeing Defense, Space & Security, said in a news release. "This approach shortens development time and lowers risk, enabling NASA to safely land on the moon's surface by 2024".

In Greek mythology Artemis was the goddess of the moon and the twin sister of Apollo.

Since these samples were collected, NASA has continued to study Earth's nearest neighbor through missions like the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and now has an incredible amount of data about the lunar surface, environment and composition.

It has been 50 years since three courageous men (pictured is Buzz Aldrin) stepped on the moon - and according to NASA, our return is just around the corner.

Several private companies, including Space X and Blue Origin, are also competing for the project.

They are competing against others including Northrop Grumman which built the original Apollo 11 lander and Elon Musk's SpaceX.

The 15 ounces (430 grams) of moon material, collected as part of a core sample taken near the rim of Lara Crater, had remained unopened but not under vacuum since being brought to Earth 47 years ago.

"The findings from these samples will provide NASA new insights into the Moon, including the history of impacts on the lunar surface, how landslides occur on the lunar surface, and how the Moon's crust has evolved over time", says Charles Shearer, science co-lead for ANGSA.

NASA's Artemis program is attempting to use a so-called "stepping stone" that would involve building a Gateway station near lunar orbit, using the Orion capsule and other transfer vehicles; Boeing said its lunar lander would not need the additional steps.

Humans last set foot on the moon in 1972 with NASA's Apollo 17 mission.

NASA started the ideas for commercial moon lander ideas on September 30, providing companies until this week to submit ideas. One to create a lander for the 2024 mission and another for longer term sustainable landings from 2028.

In total twelve people have walked on the moon.

Exploration of the Moon by astronauts in the Artemis program will be enabled by using the resources of the Moon, including water ice that can be used to make rocket fuel or oxygen to breathe. His popular nickname gave itself to the animated characte Buzz Lightyear.

The upcoming mission is being regarded as a historical event since it will mark the first time that a payload from the United Kingdom will be deployed on the Moon. According to the company, the robots, which are basically lunar rovers with legs, will be launched to the Moon in about two years.

David Scott and James Irwin landed on the moon and stayed for three days, until August 2nd.