Artemis

NASA’s hunt for water on the Moon just got an unexpected Apollo boost

NASA’s hunt for water on the Moon just got an unexpected Apollo boost

Decades-old images from the Apollo missions have cast new light - or, more accurately, new shadow - on NASA's hunt for water on the Moon, potentially paving the way to Artemis astronauts being more self-sufficient in a future lunar base. Although the Moon is usually thought of as dry and desolate, patches of water ice are believed to be present at the poles. New research, however, indicates that ice may be even more widespread.

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NASA’s new map plans the lunar drive for VIPER

NASA’s new map plans the lunar drive for VIPER

NASA is currently working on putting a new lunar rover on the moon's surface, and part of that work is developing a map of where exactly the rover will travel. Knowing where the rover will drive is critically important to help avoid obstacles and get the rover close enough to objects of interest to perform its mission. VIPER, or Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, is part of the NASA Artemis program.

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NASA prepares Near-Earth Asteroid Scout spacecraft for launch

NASA prepares Near-Earth Asteroid Scout spacecraft for launch

NASA is currently working on one of the missions that will launch on Artemis I. The mission is the Near-Earth Asteroid Scout or NEA Scout. Engineers at NASA have tucked NEA Scout inside the Space Launch System rocket at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The spacecraft is one of several secondary payloads that is hitching a ride into orbit aboard Artemis I.

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NASA just hit a huge Artemis Moon milestone for its all-important Gateway

NASA just hit a huge Artemis Moon milestone for its all-important Gateway

NASA may be taking astronauts back to the Moon, but it's the orbiting Gateway which will act as a space AirBnB for Artemis. A newly finalized deal will see Northrop Grumman develop the Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO), a home away from home for astronauts and what's expected to be an instrumental part of future missions including NASA's first crewed trip to Mars.

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NASA reveals the public’s favorite dummy name: Commander Moonikin

NASA reveals the public’s favorite dummy name: Commander Moonikin

A few weeks ago, NASA asked the public to vote on their favorite name for the manikin (a type of human-sized dummy) that'll be used as part of the Artemis I lunar mission. Space fans spoke and now NASA is back with the final name for its latest manikin: Commander Moonikin Campos. Yes, that's right. Cmdr. Moonikin will be fitted with its own spacesuit and launched all by itself into space.

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NASA shares astonishing photos of huge SLS rocket and its Artemis I passenger

NASA shares astonishing photos of huge SLS rocket and its Artemis I passenger

Big space missions need a big rocket, and NASA's huge Space Launch System (SLS) certainly fits the bill. While we knew the rocket - which NASA plans to use for the Artemis mission to return astronauts to the Moon - was big, standing 365 feet high, nothing quite describes seeing the main sections in place.

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NASA administrator says president’s budget proposal will keep moon missions on track

NASA administrator says president’s budget proposal will keep moon missions on track

Recently we mentioned that the proposed budget for NASA for fiscal 2022 totals $24.8 billion. As massive as that number is, many wondered if it was enough money to keep NASA's missions to the moon on track. On Friday, NASA administrator Bill Nelson said that the $24.8 billion budget proposal would keep the space agency on track to put the first woman and the next man on the moon as early as 2024. However, Nelson did have a warning.

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NASA Artemis 2024 explained: How we’ll return to the Moon

NASA Artemis 2024 explained: How we’ll return to the Moon

Today we're taking a look at the NASA Artemis mission in as basic a way as possible - think of this as the doorway to interest in the whole mission from start to finish. Today we're looking at what Artemis is and what the most important components of the future of NASA's deep space exploration plans are.

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NASA picks SpaceX Starship for Artemis 2024 Moon lander

NASA picks SpaceX Starship for Artemis 2024 Moon lander

NASA has announced SpaceX will build the Artemis Lunar Lander, the craft which will return American astronauts to the surface of the Moon. The Artemis mission is scheduled to launch in 2024, and the Human Landing System will be instrumental in NASA's plan to not only build a sustainable presence on the Moon but pave the way to crewed missions to Mars and other deep space exploration.

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Artemis program will send a person of color to the moon

Artemis program will send a person of color to the moon

NASA's Artemis program has a list of firsts that it plans to accomplish, including putting the first woman on the moon in 2024. NASA has now confirmed that the Artemis program will send the first person of color to the moon. The announcement came from acting NASA administrator Steve Jurczyk revealing the mission objective in a news release published Friday.

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Artemis Orion spacecraft water drop test goes off without a hitch

Artemis Orion spacecraft water drop test goes off without a hitch

NASA is currently working its way through all the tests required to certify the Orion spacecraft for flight. The Orion spacecraft will be used as the space vehicle to ferry astronauts and cargo to the moon and beyond as part of the Artemis missions in the future. One of the tests the spacecraft has to complete and pass prior to being certified for flight is the water drop test.

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NASA investigates navigation tech needed for Artemis moon mission

NASA investigates navigation tech needed for Artemis moon mission

NASA and its partners are currently investigating the needs of the Artemis moon missions regarding communications and navigation. The space agency needs to define the navigation capabilities required to establish the first sustained human presence on the moon's surface. NASA's Cheryl Gramling, associate chief of technology in the Mission Engineering and Systems Analysis Division at Goddard Space Flight Center, says the Artemis missions are challenging NASA to apply creative navigation solutions and to choose combinations of capabilities for each mission.

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