After Apollo landed on the Moon surface in 1972, It has been almost 50. However, NASA has come up with a plan to visit the Moon for the second time. But why is it so necessary that they had to make the return.
The reason is simple, they have this bigger picture, taking humans to Mars. But first, they must land some astronauts on the Moon who will create reusable system that will fuel the process of taking humans to Mars.
NASA has already sent robots to collect data on Mars that will provide answers to their question of whether Mars can support life or not.
NASA planed to launch its spacecraft, Artemis I, on 3rd of September to fulfill the mission but it again pushed the launching forward for a few weeks.
But this time it will different, Artemis I will not crewed by humans, instead, it will be boarded by robot crews.
The robots are expected to collect data that will be utilized to send numerous human astronauts to the Moon in the future.
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Artemis I’s mission will take up to 37 days. This mission involves reaching the Moon and going further by over 64,000 kilometers.
According to Nelson, NASA administrator, astronauts will be working at the deep space in a mission to take humans to Mars.
“As we embark on the first Artemis test flight, we recall this agency’s storied past, but our eyes are focused not on the immediate future but out there,”
“It’s a future where NASA will land the first woman and the first person of color on the moon.”
“And on these increasingly complex missions, astronauts will live and work in deep space and we’ll develop the science and technology to send the first humans to Mars.” Nelson said.
Nelson embraced Artemis I, saying it will finally take humans to the moon and finally to Mars. He termed this as a benefit to humanity.
“Artemis I shows that we can do big things that unite people, things that benefit humanity — things like Apollo that inspire the world,”
“And to all of us that gaze up at the moon, dreaming of the day humankind returns to the lunar surface: Folks, we’re here, we are going back and that journey, our journey, begins with Artemis I.” Nelson said.
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