Ayham Alnahi, Science and Tech Editor, The Pawprint
NASA has selected Elon musk to land astronauts to the moon for the first time since the last Apollo mission.
The award that was given to SpaceX was the Human landing System and it was a stunning announcement that marked another Major victory for the hard working company that vaulted to the top in aerospace.
In winning the 2,9 billion dollars contract SpaceX beat out Jeff Bezos Blue Origin which had formed what is a national team by partnering with aerospace Giants lockheed martin,Northrop grumman and Draper.
SpaceX also won over Dynectis, a defense contractor based in Huntsville.
NASA had originally chosen all the companies for the initial phase of the contract and was expected to choose two of them to build the lunar lander.NASA had chosen multiple providers to foster competition and to ensure redundancy in case one cant deliver.
But they have chosen to move with spaceX and entrust them to return astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972.