The Artemis mission sends a woman to the moon for the first time, 50 years after the last journey to the star


The unmanned Artemis I mission will depart from Florida next Monday, and the Artemis II and Artemis III missions will do the same in 2024, this time with a crew.

NASA has started the countdown to the launch of the unmanned mission Artemis I of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida (USA), which leaves for the moon next Monday.

The countdown began this Saturday, more than 46 hours before Monday’s historic launch, which marks NASA resumes travel beyond low Earth orbit.

According to the US space agency there are 70% favorable weather conditions for the launch that day of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, with the Orion spacecraft on top, from Pad 39B at the Kennedy Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The mission will serve to test the capabilities of the SLS missile, the most powerful built yet and with almost 100 meters of height, and of the Orion capsule in which it will be a 42-day round trip to the moon and in which about 2.1 million kilometers will have been covered.

It will be the first of the Artemis program, with which NASA wants to close a bracket of more than half a century without a crew setting foot on the Earth satellite and explore further horizonsincluding the planet Mars.

Expectations are high, according to the Florida Space Coast Tourism Office, with more than 100,000 visitors expected 115 miles off the coast of Florida to see the launch of Artemis I.

It is expected that during 2024NASA sends the Artemis IIwhich will follow the same route as its predecessor, but this time with a crew, and the following year the crewed mission will do the same Artemis IIIwhich will also lead to the first woman and person of color to the lunar surface.

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Source: EITB


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