ONLY 24 HUMANS HAVE BEEN TO THE MOON IN HISTORY.
NO ONE HAS BEEN BACK SINCE 1972.
The Moon is one of Earth’s closest habitable neighbors and provides an opportunity to gain valuable experience for missions to Mars and beyond.
|DIAMETER||3,475 km / 2,159 mi|
|DAY LENGTH||29.5 Earth days|
|GRAVITY||16.6% of Earth|
|AVG DISTANCE FROM EARTH||384,400 km / 238,855 mi|
|AGE||4.51 billion years|
SpaceX’s Starship spacecraft and Super Heavy rocket (collectively referred to as Starship) represent a fully reusable transportation system designed to carry both crew and cargo to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars and beyond. Starship will be the world’s most powerful launch vehicle ever developed, with the ability to carry in excess of 100 metric tonnes to Earth orbit.
The infographic outlines a typical approach to a mission around the Moon. Lunar missions such as the one depicted here would typically last 6-7 days.
The infographic below outlines a typical approach to a mission around the Moon. Lunar missions such as the one depicted here would typically last 6-7 days.
Liquid oxygen and methane are loaded onto the Starship-Super Heavy system. Starship-SuperHeavy lifts off.
After burning for approx. 3 minutes, Super Heavy separates from Starship and returns back to Earth. Starship continues into orbit.
Starship performs a lunar transfer burn using the three Raptor vacuum engines.
Starship performs small trim maneuvers to target close approach.
As Starship comes close to the Moon, the surface will be in plain view for close inspection.
As Starship begins a return to Earth, the Moon recedes away as Earth grows bigger.
Starship uses its heatshield to safely reenter Earth’s atmosphere.
Starship executes a final series of control burns to get into a vertical orientation and land at the landing pad.
NASA selected SpaceX to develop a lunar optimized Starship to transport crew between lunar orbit and the surface of the Moon as part of NASA’s Artemis program.