When NASA officially announced the Artemis program, it unveiled its plans to land the next man on the Moon in 2024.
NASA has now published the Artemis program, which describes in detail how humanity will reach Earth again. moon.
The Director of NASA, Jim Bridenstine, said the agency "has consolidated more than its research plans in recent months and has continued to improve its budget and architecture."
The service examines the program's progress to date and identifies key missions, as well as collaborations it has set up to be able to land astronauts on the Moon. Although you may already know some of the information it contains, the Artemis program will give you a fairly comprehensive look at what NASA has accomplished, such as the Orion and SLS tests it has conducted so far, and what needs to be achieved in the future. years.
The document [PDF] explains the type of scientific tests that astronauts must perform, and the samples they must collect when they reach their destination. It also mentions the role that the "Lunar Gate" will play in creating a permanent presence on the moon, such as how it will provide basic life support needs for astronauts preparing for their journey to the lunar surface.
«As part of the program Artemis, humanity will explore areas of the Moon that we have never visited before, uniting people around the unknown, what we have never seen and what was once impossible. We will return to the Moon robots starting next year, we will send astronauts within four years and build a long-term presence on the Moon by the end of the decade. " reports Bridenstine.
For those closely following the Artemis project, NASA has also included additional details, including a new test it intends to conduct during the Artemis II mission. Artemis II will be the first flight of the program and will travel with astronauts on a lunar flight.
The new test will be a "demonstration of proximity functions" to evaluate the Orion manual controls and all related hardware and software. It will provide NASA with data which can not be obtained from on-site preparations, but must have for the actual landing mission.
"I'm proud to share the Artemis program, so we will go to the Moon again. And how do we use the Moon as a stepping stone to our next big leap: human exploration of Mars? "