SpaceX wins $2.9 billion contract to fly astronauts to the moon

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has been tapped to fly people to the moon for the first time in 50 years.

NASA selected the Hawthorne, California-based aerospace company to design and develop human landing systems (HLS) for the agency’s Artemis program, which aims to land the first woman and the first person of color on the moon, reported The Washington Post, citing a source selection document.

The contract is worth $2.9 billion.

SpaceX’s solution uses its in-development Starship as a fully…