NASA Artemis Lunar Lander Selection Surprises Many (In a good way)

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Five contractors submitted proposals for the Artemis Human Landing system in November, and yesterday the final 3 were announced and give cash awards to work on their concepts before the final selection. The three winners were Blue Origin, Dynetics and SpaceX but many were surprised that not only did SpaceX propose using Starship, a vehicle vastly more ambitious than required, but, NASA included them as a finalist. This marks the first time NASA has put money directly torwards Starship development.

Most believe the other two options are the safe bets, but this give SpaceX another 10 months to show significant progress on Starship and SuperHeavy development. If all goes well it might very well be used to take NASA astronauts to the moon as part of Artemis.