Orion, with its safe, tried-and-true design, passes the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on November 11, 2014. Image via Tampa Bay Times.
Artemis I will be the first in a series of new NASA missions that have the potential of becoming as historic as the Apollo missions. Indeed, the moon-goddess Artemis in the Greek mythology was the sister of Apollo, and the Artemis missions aim to bring the first woman and the next man to the moon in 2024 and eventually onward to the planet Mars.
This first mission will serve as the uncrewed test flight in preparation for the following Artemis missions, of which Artemis II will have a crew and Artemis III will land on the south pole of the moon.
Artemis I is currently scheduled to launch in November 2021 from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It consists of two of NASA’s latest deep space systems: Orion, the module designed to carry the crew, and Space Launch System, the world’s most powerful rocket built to-date. This will be a demonstration of NASA’s capabilities to enable human exploration to the moon, Mars and beyond, in a process claimed to go ...