The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has signed an agreement with the United Kingdom for the Artemis program. London, led by the UK Space Agency, will take part in the construction of the lunar gateway space station's service module and residential module.
With the Artemis program worth US$28 billion, two astronauts will be sent to the moon in 2024 for the first time since 1972. That way, a female astronaut will be on the moon for the first time. Astronauts will travel in Orion capsules. The capsules will be launched into orbit by NASA's developing rockets (Space Launch System/SLS).
“For us to be on the moon in four years, the Artemis program needs SLS, Orion, manned landing system and space suits funding,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said.
The UK has already committed over £16m for the first phase of designing the identified elements.