At a press conference Wednesday afternoon at NASA Headquarters in Washington, participants ran out of preference to describe how important Artemis 1, especially in preparing for what’s to come in the coming years. In fact, Artemis 1 isn’t even an appetizer, but it’s more than just a bush – to make the world delicious for what it’s all about. All eyes are mainly on the manned Artemis III lunar mission for 2025, planned.
“We will make the impossible possible,” said NASA CEO Bill Nelson. “We have the most powerful rocket ever built. Our eyes are no longer focused on the immediate future, but on everything that is beyond. Apollo (NASA’s space program to land humans on the Moon between 1961 and 1972) inspired the world, giving birth to a generation But now there is a generation of Artemis.”
It’s certainly not space chatter: For the first time in 53 years, people have been forced to feather on dusty surfaces for a week. The program includes four lunar paths and rover rides, up to fifteen kilometers from the probe. Two other astronauts are still in orbit in the Orion capsule.
As is imperative in this day and age, Nelson also emphasized diversity, noting specifically that eventually the first woman and first person of color would go to the moon. In this light, the death of African American Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhuru in the popular science fiction television series from the 1960s, was also considered. “She will smile,” said Bhavya Lal of NASA, who has Indian roots of her own. It was previously announced – apart from Artemis’ mission – that actor William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in Star Trek, is traveling to space. Science fiction becomes reality.
The first test should collect a lot of data and check the systems, which is crucial for the next step. NASA is on the right track with this. A few weeks ago, there was still doubt as to whether the end of this month was possible. The SLS rocket will be launched to the moon with an Orion capsule, and the Netherlands helped build the spaceship, which will remain in lunar orbit for six days. Orion will fly up to 500 thousand km from Earth, and another 89 thousand km beyond the Moon. In the 70s of the last century, Apollo did not exceed 400 thousand. The test will last for 42 days, before the capsule finally crashes into the Pacific Ocean.
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