Man has not set foot on the Moon since 1972, but today, Monday August 29, 2022, NASA is set to launch the first stage of the mission aimed at returning people there within a few years.
Fifty years after the last humans walked on the moon, humanity now wants to return. After all the political, technological and bureaucratic hassles, NASA’s Artemis 1 mission is finally scheduled to launch this Monday, August 29.
A large rocket Space Launch System (SLS) must take off from launch pad 39B at NASA’s Cape Canaveral complex, in Florida. On board will be the unmanned Orion spacecraft, designed to eventually carry up to six astronauts to the Moon, and possibly later to Mars. However, it is expected that SpaceX will ensure the next flights with its new Starship rocket.
How to follow a live rocket flight?
- When was the launch? : This Monday, August 29, 2022
- What time will the live start? : between 2:33 pm and 4:33 pm (French time)
- How to view a meeting : here on the site using the YouTube video above
- How long is it to live : many hours
The launch window for the Artemis 1 mission is here between 2:33 pm and 4:33 pm French time. The weather is possible 80% effective at the start of the launch window and should drop to 60% by the end, Melody Lovin, a US Air Force meteorologist, said Sunday. So NASA is most likely trying to get its rocket off the ground. as soon as the launch window opens.
Of Backup launch dates are available on September 2nd and 5th. About 100,000 people are expected on Florida’s Space Coast for the launch, eager to see NASA write a new chapter in the history of human space exploration.
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What? What do we know about the Artemis 1 mission?
This mission of 42 days unmanned will test the capabilities of the new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, as well readiness and safety of the Orion spacecraft, which is designed to send humans into space. If the passenger list does not include humans, there will still be passengers: Three mannequins and plush Snoopy.
The models named Commander Moonkin Campos, Helga and Zohar, measuring deep space radiation that future workers can go through and will test a new suit of armor and technology. On board Orion, there are even biological experiments on seeds, algae, fungi and yeast to measure the response of life to this radiation.
The spacecraft will enter low Earth orbit before the rocket’s upper stage ignites and brings it into lunar orbit. The spacecraft will perform a lunar flyby, using the moon’s gravity to accelerate and propel itself 70,000 km beyond the Moon. nearly half a million kilometers from Earth, farther than any human has ever traveled. On its return trip, Orion will make another flyby of the Moon before returning to Earth.
During his mission, Orion will launch ten small satellites called CubeSats for scientific and commercial purposes. They will be used to study the various regions of the Moon, investigate the sustainability of spacecraft use, and even send a spacecraft to a near-Earth asteroid.
This launch mission of the Artemis program will begin a new phase of space exploration that will focus on deliver a new crew of astronauts to previously unexplored areas of the Moon and build a base there, before the conclusion of the crewed mission to Mars. The crew will board Artemis II on the same trajectory as Artemis 1 in 2024, and the first woman and next man to land on the Moon are expected to reach the South Pole of the moon on end of 2025 during the Artemis III mission.