NASA presented a plan for lunar conquest in 2024

NASA presented a plan for lunar conquest in 2024

Representatives from NASA decided to publish a plan for lunar exploration. The new project is called “Artemis” and includes 8 starts and the launch of a miniature station on a lunar orbit until 2024.

The first American lunar flights were carried out in the Apollo project. If we turn to the myths of ancient Greece, then Artemis was related to Apollo (his sister) and patronized hunters, wildlife, and the earth satellite. NASA Administrator Jim Brydenstein presented a plan for the new project.

Everything will start with the launch of Artemis-1 in 2020. This will be a mission without a crew. Then, the Artemis-2 mission will follow, during which the team will perform one orbit around the earth satellite in 2022, and an artificial satellite will be put into orbit. And in 2024, a new generation of astronauts will step on the surface of the moon, where one woman will be on the team.

NASA presented a plan for lunar conquest in 2024

Orion Capsule Leaves the Moon

All launches are planned with the help of Boeing’s largest SLS rocket, which is currently at the development stage. They do not know for sure if they will have time to prepare it on time, as there have been some delays at the production stage. If all goes well, then an Orion from Lockheed Martin is attached to the top. But that's not all. NASA is preparing an additional 5 launches that will bring building blocks to circumlunar orbit. With their help, they are going to assemble a small “Gateway” station, which will serve as an intermediate point between the orbit and the surface of the earth satellite. These launches are scheduled for 2022-2024. and will be realized through collaboration with private space companies.

The orbital station will be a miniature living space. First, the crew members will arrive at the station, and then descend to the satellite using a landing platform. It is planned that a certain element of the landing capsule will remain on the surface, and the main mechanism will deliver the crew to the circumlunar orbit (to the station), where they will be in the Orion capsule and return home.

Now NASA is trying to decide whom to entrust the creation of a landing gear. Boeing and Lockheed Martin are competing for the contract. The space agency must make an important decision because speed is important to them.

Jim Brydenstein also adds:

Our goal is to get to Mars, and not to get stuck on the surface of the Moon”.

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