NASA delays mission to land humans on moon until Sep 2026

Despite the delay, Nasa said the fall 2026 timeframe for Artemis III is still "very aggressive"

By Loren Grush Nasa is delaying by about a year its long-awaited mission to land American astronauts on the moon,

as the agency and its commercial partners grapple with mounting technical challenges associated with its Artemis program.

Pushing off the mission to September 2026 shows how the agency is struggling to meet ambitious deadlines and navigate the complications

that come from relying on private firms like Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin to defense juggernaut Lockheed Martin Corp.

The first lunar landing, a mission called Artemis III, was originally targeted for late 2025, Nasa said.

Despite the delay, Nasa said the fall 2026 timeframe for Artemis III is still “very aggressive.”

SpaceX expects to receive a Federal Aviation Administration license to stage its third Starship test launch in February