NASA has formally announced details of the Artemis Plan, which will take astronauts to the moon’s ground for the first time since 1972. The document cites a (partial) cost of $ 28 billion, the release of which has yet to be approved by Congress. The mission will be responsible for taking the first woman to lunar soil in all of history.
The US space agency reported that the $ 28 billion refers to the associated costs for the next four years of the Artemis program, including what remains for the financing of the Orion spacecraft and the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, in addition to the landing system. , space suits and all other equipment.
Apparently, the mission will be much cheaper than the Apollo program of the 1960s and 1970s, which cost US $ 250 billion (corrected value for the present day).
For now, the first step is to secure the initial $ 3.2 billion needed to build the human landing system by 2021. At the moment, the House of Representatives has already passed a bill, allocating $ 600 million to the lunar module.