Safety comes first for Artemis moon missions despite ‘space race’ with China, says NASA chief

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A US Senate committee heard from the head of NASA what the nature of a development mission means: sometimes you have to wait.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, while aware of what he calls a “space race” with China to establish a sustainable presence on the moon, said Thursday (May 23) that he will only commit to the current launch date of Artemis 2, namely September 2025, if the safety of the astronauts is guaranteed. is not compromised.

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