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According to an announcement made by NASA, astronauts Christina Koch, Victor Glover, Reid Wiseman and Jeremy Hansen will be the first people to return to the Moon since the Apollo missions came to an end more than half a century ago.
This will be the first time humans have traveled to the moon in more than half a century. The four astronauts will complete a trip around the Moon as part of the Artemis-II mission, which is scheduled to leave the United States in 2024.
The announcement comes after the completion of the Artemis-I mission, which took place late last year and demonstrated the Space Launch System’s adaptability by launching humans into lunar orbit in the Orion spacecraft and returning them safely with a controlled ditching. .
The proclamation will officially begin preparations for the Artemis-II mission, which will take place over the course of ten days. This will bring humanity one step closer to reclaiming the Moon after the Apollo flights. In 1972, Apollo 17 commander Eugene Cernan left his footprints on the Moon. This event, which marked the last time humans walked on Earth’s natural satellite, was the last time humans left footprints on the Moon.
Apollo’s successor program, Artemis II, will launch its first crewed flight, but it won’t be its first lunar landing. The goal of the mission is to return astronauts to the lunar surface within the next decade and establish a permanent colony there as a springboard for human exploration of Mars. Artemis II will launch its first manned flight in 2025.
The four astronauts came from a group of eighteen astronauts that make up the Artemis corps. The Artemis Corps is made up of a diverse group of people from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds. NASA has plans to send the first woman and the first person of color to the moon. These plans call for the astronauts to stay on the moon for a longer period of time than the Apollo astronauts.
The purpose of the 10-day Artemis II mission is to demonstrate that Orion’s life support systems and other systems will perform as designed while sending astronauts into deep space. The mission will travel 2.3 million kilometers.
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