NASA is aiming to land the first female and next male on the moon in 2024, and while the target date is looking increasingly tight, the space agency is still eager to generate some initial discussion about the upcoming effort.
Lunar Landing will be the third mission in NASA’s Artemis program, with long-term goals of establishing a permanent base on the Moon and performing crew missions to Mars.
The unmanned Artemis 1 mission, currently scheduled for March 2022, will perform a flyby of the moon before returning to Earth. Artemis 2 will send a crew on a moon flyby, while Artemis 3 will include the much-awaited lunar landing.
NASA posted a video this week showing how the early stages of the Artemis 1 mission are expected when its almighty Space Launch System (SLS) rocket explodes from Kennedy Space Center next year. This is an amazingly detailed animation that shows many important stages of the mission, and you can see it below.
Listen to the countdown and here >> https://t.co/q1Rvcv2r1g pic.twitter.com/7TnQbh8pD7
– NASA_SLS (@NASA_SLS) 17 May, 2021
The SLS rocket is part of a setup that includes the Orion spacecraft, the Lunar Gateway space station, and the human landing system that will support NASA’s future space exploration initiatives.
NASA says the SLS has a height of 98.1 meters (322 feet), and when launched the core booster, along with its two outboard boosters, will produce 8.8 million pounds of thrust, “equivalent to more than 160,000 Corvette engines”. This makes it 13% more powerful than a spacecraft and 15% more powerful than a Saturn 5 rocket, a launch vehicle used for the moon for astronaut missions 50 or so years ago.
The Orion spacecraft, which will be able to carry six astronauts on a mission lasting 21 days, has recently been put through several demanding tests, including dropping drops into a huge tank of water so that To ensure that it can handle splashdown. Oceans upon returning to Earth. Meanwhile, the SLS Core Stage Booster recently experienced a long barge trip from NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, where it was tested to prepare for the Kennedy Space Center for Artemis 1 launch.