By: Mushtaq Yonis
A new mission to the moon is coming up next year, the Artmetis 2 exploration. This exciting journey is going to happen in the Orion MPCV spaceship.
This mission will include a lunar flyby, which is when a spaceship orbits the moon without landing. The first flyby was the Soviet Union’s in 1959.
The Artemis 2 will have 4 crew members whose names are Jeremy Hansen, Reid Wiseman, Victor Glover, Christina Koch. Reid Wiseman as the commander, Victor Glover as the pilot, and Christina Koch and Jeremy Hansen as the mission specialists.
If you don’t know, there are 3 Artemis missions:
- Artemis 1 – was an uncrewed test of the Orion spaceship on November of 2022
- Artemis 2 – crewed flight that will take place in November of 2024
- Artemis 3 – crewed flight that will land on the moon and will take place no earlier than 2025
The Artemis missions are a series of lunar exploration missions that have been designed to send humans farther into space than they have ever been before.
The crew will fly the Orion, which is an exploratory vehicle designed for longer flights beyond the moon. It will fly 8889 km beyond the moon and then return to Earth. The mission will take a minimum of 10 days.
This mission will be the first time with astronauts who are women and POC. For a reminder the crew will not be landing on the moon but instead will be doing a flyby.
NASA will also collect information about the moon’s environment and potential challenges astronauts might encounter. This will be used for NASA’s goals in establishing a permanent human presence on the moon.
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