NASA awards Elon Musk's Space X $2.9 billion contract
NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) awarded SpaceX led by billionaire Elon Musk a $2.9 Billion contract to build a spacecraft to bring astronauts to the moon as early as 2024.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has gone ahead with Spacex over Blue Origin owned by Jeff Bezos and defence contractor Dynetics Inc.
NASA and SpaceX launched four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), the third crewed mission of the US commercial rocket company in less than a year.
The Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying four astronauts from three countries have safely reached orbit a few minutes after the liftoff from NASA`s Kennedy Space Center, Florida, at 5.49 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (0949 GMT), according to NASA's Twitter, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday (April 24).
It was the first time that Elon Musk`s SpaceX reused a capsule and a rocket to launch astronauts. The spacecraft is due to arrive at the ISS early Saturday following a flight of over 23 hours.