NASA has announced that it is inviting astronomy enthusiasts to send their names on a trip around the moon aboard the “Artemis” mission, according to an RT report.
NASA is inviting the public to submit their names to a database that will be loaded onto a flash drive, which the agency will launch on the Artemis 1 mission, which will send an uncrewed Orion capsule aboard the massive SLS rocket sometime this summer, possibly early. From May, as previously for Mars missions, NASA will allow the public to obtain a virtual “travel card” to send their name to the Moon.
Artemis 1 will be the first unmanned flight test of the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion, the system that will take the first woman and first non-white people to the moon by 2025. The spacecraft and its flash drive will spend about three weeks in space, Including six days in a distant retrograde orbit around the Moon.
The “Artemis 1” mission is the first of three initial lunar flights planned by NASA as part of the plan to return to the moon, and will use the Space Launch System (SLS) and “Orion” capsules. On the launch pad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
This testing includes all launch procedures and equipment, to ensure everything goes as planned when the spacecraft is finally launched in the summer. And if all goes as planned, “Artemis 1” will travel to space, although the actual launch date is still unclear, and this is because data from the test must be analyzed and it was originally scheduled to launch at the end of last year. It has been delayed and is now scheduled for release anytime from late May to mid-July.
“All eyes will be on Historic Launch Complex 39B when Orion and the Space Launch System (SLS) blast off for the first time from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission will demonstrate our commitment and ability to extend human presence to the Moon and beyond,” the space agency said. “Artemis will be the first in a series of increasingly complex missions to build a long-term human presence on the Moon for decades to come.”
Once Artemis 1 proves successful, NASA will send the Artemis 2 mission, likely sometime in 2024, with a crew of astronauts on a trip around the moon, and then, if all goes as planned, the mission will be launched. “Artemis 3” in 2025 or 2026, and the first human landing on the moon since 1972.
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