NASA is attempting to go back to the moon after almost 50 years, thanks to the Artemis. Named after the Greek goddess of the moon, Artemis is the twin sister of the Sun god, Apollo, which was one of the biggest moon-landing projects that was successfully completed by NASA in 1969. Now, NASA is launching the Artemis mission, which will be the first-ever project that will put the first woman on the moon, something that Apollo 11 failed to do.
The mission’s countdown and lift-off will be overseen by NASA’s first female launch director, Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, and the mission itself will be a 37-day journey that will be an extended retrograde orbit around the Moon while also discovering and achieving some important milestones.
Artemis I’s crewed exploration spacecraft, Orion, will be stationed almost 450,600 km away from Earth (it took off yesterday), which breaks the record of Apollo 13. Currently, since the Artemis I is a test flight, the spacecraft consists of a human-sized mannequin wearing sensors that can help detect stress levels, strains and radiation levels. This will help the crew of Artemis II venture even further and get things done a lot more efficiently.
While we don’t know when Artemis II will officially launch, this is a big leap for NASA, and we, for one, are thrilled.