By CBSMiami.com Team

CAPE CANAVERAL (CBSMiami) – SpaceX has received a big contract from NASA to launch two pieces of a future moon space station.

The space agency is giving SpaceX more than $330 million for the mission called Gateway.

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NASA intends to put gateway into orbit around the moon as part of the Artemis program – the federal plan to establish a permanent human presence in deep space.

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SpaceX will launch the foundational elements of the Gateway.

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SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket will carry the components into space no sooner than May of 2024.

CBSMiami.com Team