NASA announced this Friday (17) that it will attempt to launch in February its manned mission Artemis 1, the first step in the United States’ plan to return to taking humans Moon.
This crucial mission, which marks the start of the Artemis program, was initially scheduled for the end of the year, and the American space agency hoped to be able to carry it out with astronauts in 2024, in Artemis 3. However, the calendar was delayed.
NASA reached an important milestone on Wednesday by docking the Orion crew capsule into its Launch System megarocket Space, which is now 98 meters tall inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
After performing several tests, launch platform will be taken for a test run at the end of January, with the first launch window in February, authorities told reporters.
“The launch period in February starts on the day 12 it’s ours Last opportunity in February will be on the day 22”, assured Mike Sarafin, head of mission Artemis 1.
The next windows will be in March and April. These possible launch periods depend on orbital mechanics and the Earth’s relative position in relation to its natural satellite.
The mission is expected to last four to six weeks. It will also take off a series of small satellites, known as CubeSats, to carry out experiments and technology demonstrations.
Although its delay is likely, the Artemis 2 is technically programmed to 2023 and Artemis 3 for 2024, which would mark the return of Moon humanity for the first time since the Apollo mission 17 in 1972.
According to NASA, among the astronauts who see the Moon will be the first woman and the first person of color to make the trip. The American space agency seeks to establish a sustainable presence on the Moon and use the lessons learned to plan a manned voyage to Mars in the 2030.