Nasa releases plan for Moon return by 2024

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 24, 2020

"R$3 obotic landers, rovers, and astronauts on the Moon will have network access similar to networks on Earth", NASA forecasts.

On Monday, the agency said they hope to have a woman and man land on the moon in 2024.

Only 12 humans, all male, have ever walked on the moon and they were all American, according to Bettina Inclán, NASA Communications Director.

The US space organisation's Artemis program is part of a challenge to accelerate exploration plans by more than four years and establish sustainable exploration by the end of the decade. We're going back to the Moon for scientific discovery, economic benefits, and inspiration for a new generation of explorers. "As we build up a sustainable presence, we're also building momentum toward those first human steps on the Red Planet".

From Orion, they will board NASA's new commercial human landing systems. Some $16.2 billion is for the "initial human landing system", which includes developing, testing and launching the new lunar landers.

The NASA logo on a protective box for a camera near the space shuttle Endeavour April 28, 2011 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The first flight, Artemis I, scheduled for November of 2021, will be unmanned: the new giant rocket SLS, now in its test phase, will take off for the first time with the Orion capsule. This mission should give the crew an opportunity to manually pilot Orion, in a demonstration to assess the spacecraft's "handling qualities and related hardware and software" which "cannot be readily gained on the ground in preparation for rendezvous, proximity operations, and docking, as well as undocking operations in lunar orbit beginning on Artemis III", according to NASA. Importantly, these missions would serve as a prelude for a crewed mission to Mars, which could happen in the 2030s. He also shared his excitement that the Artemis program has integrated long-term goals that reach for more than just planting the flag on the Moon once more: "I am proud to share NASA's Artemis Plan - this is how we will go to the Moon once again".

NASA revealed new details about the Artemis moon landing program yesterday, including a detailed budget, project timelines, and an ambitious plan to build a permanent base at the lunar south pole.

To achieve the return of humanity on the moon, Artemis mission is all set to propel to take the first woman and the next man, to further the innovative research with advanced level technology to take the next giant leap, which will accentuate the course of research done by the astronauts on Mars as well.

Nasa has provided £763million to several companies to work on designs for the landing vehicle. "Now we know that there's lots of water ice and we know that it's at the South Pole". The last NASA astronaut to set foot on the moon was Apollo 17 Mission Commander Gene Cernan, on December 14, 1972.

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