NASA announced a Friday visit by Administrator Jim Bridenstine and members of the Alabama Congress delegation at the end of the day. Huntsville's Marshall Space Flight Center reportedly received another important assignment in the Artemis program for the American return to the moon in 2024.
] NASA sent a press release announcing the visit, according to which Bridenstine will "discuss the role of the center in launching astronauts to the moon and safely landing on the lunar surface".
Marshall will lead the development of the lunar landing system, which will take over the moon landing According to the science website ars technica the first woman and the next man from the Booster Space Launch System will enter the lunar orbit and then the lunar surface. Marshall will oversee commercial companies developing the transfer element and the descent element.
NASA has already announced that Lisa Watson-Morgan, a top Marshall engineer, will head the lander program.
There is a third piece of critical hardware for the mission that NASA does not yet have. It is called the Ascent Element and is being developed by the Johnson Space Center in Houston, according to the report ars . In this vehicle, astronauts will stay on their journey to the lunar surface and back to SLS to return home.
Bridenstine is also expected to release an update of the Space Launch System Booster, which will launch the first test flight of an Orion capsule around the Moon and the subsequent mission with astronauts unscrewed. NASA has indicated that the SLS booster is about 80 percent completed at its Michoud Assembly Center outside of New Orleans.