NASA Hires SpaceX to Carry Cargo, Research Gear for Lunar Program

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Gateway resupply program will cost up to $7 billion

NASA has hired SpaceX to carry cargo, research gear and other supplies to the Gateway space station the agency plans to build in lunar orbit, officials said Friday. (SpaceX Image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA (CBS NEWS) – NASA has hired SpaceX to carry cargo, research gear and other supplies to the Gateway space station the agency plans to build in lunar orbit, officials said Friday.

The station will serve as a staging base for astronauts heading down to the moon’s surface in the Artemis program.

Only two flights using SpaceX’s upgraded Dragon XL cargo ship, launched atop Falcon Heavy rockets, were guaranteed in Friday’s announcement, and the cost of those initial missions was not revealed.

But NASA envisions a 15-year Gateway resupply program costing up to $7 billion, and multiple flights are expected as the project matures.

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