In the same week that NASA announced specific dates for the inaugural launch of its mega lunar rocket, the agency has released a cinematic trailer to spread the word about the mission.
Scheduled for August 29, the long-awaited Artemis I mission it will usher in a new era of human space exploration that will see astronauts return to the lunar surface after a 50-year absence. NASA’s Artemis program also aims to establish a sustainable human presence on the moon and use it as a springboard for the first manned mission to Mars.
Short and sweet, the trailer Artemis: Launch to the Moon from the NASA shows off the powerful Space Launch System (SLS) rocket launching the Orion capsule into space. Artemis I will involve sending Orion on a flyby of the moon before bringing the spacecraft home.
“Artemis I will be the first integrated test of NASA’s deep space exploration systems: the Orion spacecraft, SLS rocket, and ground systems at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida,” NASA says in notes that accompany the video. The first in a series of increasingly complex missions, Artemis I will be an uncrewed test flight that will provide a foundation for human exploration of deep space, and demonstrate our commitment and ability to extend human existence to the moon and beyond. ».
The long-awaited Artemis I mission will see Orion fly further than any spacecraft built for humans has ever flown, with the capsule scheduled to travel 280,000 miles from Earth and thousands of miles beyond the Moon during a mission that will last up to six weeks.
“Orion will stay in space longer than any astronaut ship without docking with a space station and will return home faster and hotter than ever,” NASA said.
If the SLS rocket and spacecraft Orion function as expected during the Artemis I mission, then Artemis II, currently scheduled for 2024, will fly the same route but with astronauts on board. A successful manned flight will pave the way for Artemis III, possibly in 2025, which will put the first woman and first person of color on the lunar surface.
And then, as it works to build a habitable base on the lunar surface, NASA will begin to focus more on its boldest manned mission since the first lunar landings five decades ago. an astronaut mission to Mars destined in the late 2030s.