NASA Reveals Spacecraft that will Take First Woman to the Moon

NASA Reveals Spacecraft that Will Take First Woman to the Moon

For these days, we are speaking about the Apollo missions especially Apollo 11 mission. As NASA celebrates the 50th anniversary celebrations. So, NASA is planning the next moon landing which has a goal to take the first woman to the moon.

On Saturday, the space agency and Vice President Mike Pence declared the completion of the Orion crew capsule for the Artemis program.

The Artemis program is an ongoing crewed spaceflight program carried out by NASA, U.S. commercial spaceflight companies, and international partners such as ESA, with the goal of landing the first woman to the moon and the next man on the lunar south pole region by 2024.

“Thanks to the hard work of the men and women of NASA, and of American industry, the Orion crew vehicle for the Artemis 1 mission is complete and ready to begin preparations for its historic first flight,” Pence said while speaking at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida during an Apollo 11 event.

Cnet.com mentions that the European Space Agency’s power-and-propulsion module is now being attached to Orion at the space center. Orion will then get a protective heat shield. The complete setup will be sent to Ohio for testing prior to the anticipated Artemis launch.

Artemis would be the first step towards the long-term goal of establishing a sustainable presence on the Moon, laying the foundation for private companies to build a lunar economy, and eventually sending humans to Mars.

The Space Launch System will serve as the primary launch vehicle for Orion, while commercial launch vehicles are planned for use to launch various other elements of the campaign.  NASA requested $1.6 billion in additional funding for Artemis for fiscal year 2020, and full funding has yet to be approved by Congress.

Source: Text; Wikipedia, www.cnet.com

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