NASA unveiled on Thursday the calendar for the Artemis program, which will return the astronauts of the moon for the first time in half a century, including eight planned launches and a mini-station in the lunar orbit until 2024.
The original moon missions the name of Apollo – Artemis is his twin sister in Greek mythology, and the goddess of hunting, the desert and the moon
Administrator Jim Brittenstein confirms that Artemis 1 will be an unplanned mission around the moon planned for 2020
Artemida 2, who will tour the companion, will come IKA Earth crewed about 2022; followed by Artemis 3, which will put the astronauts on the moon soil in 2024, including the first woman.
The three of them will be released in space from the largest missile of all time ̵
NASA plans to return people to the moon by 2024, for the first time since Apollo was completed in 1972 / VCG Photo
NASA plans to bring people back to the moon by 2024 for the first time after the Apollo program ended in 1972. / VCG Photo
The Orion Capsule, for which the main contractor is Lockheed Martin.
In addition to these missions, which will be all of NASA's efforts, there will be five shots building blocks of the Moon's mini-station Gateway, which will serve as a transition point for landing the moon.
They will be carried out between 2022 and 2024 by private space companies that NASA will pay for their services.
] The orbital station will initially consist of a simple energy and drive unit and a small habitats module. In 2024, the astronauts will stop there on their way to the moon.
Then they'll drop off the trigger's surface.
Part of the earth will remain on the Moon, while the other part will come out and allow the astronauts to return to their place where they will board the Orion Capsule and return to Earth.
Brixtristina said on Thursday that NASA chose the private company "Makari" to build the first module of the station, the energy and propulsion element that will count on huge
In the coming months, NASA will have to decide which will build the earth. Aerospace giants like Boeing and Lockheed Martin are struggling for the deal, as well as new players like Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin.
"We do not have the hardware, we buy the service," said Brittenstein from the cabin. "The goal here is speed, 2024 is just around the corner."
He added, "Our goal is ultimately to go to Mars and not to get stuck on the moon's surface."
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