Artemis

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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NASA teams with students to test a 3D printed launching pad

NASA teams with students to test a 3D printed launching pad

One of the challenges to a long-term human presence on the moon is creating all the technology needed to support those operations. One of the biggest challenges is how to launch and land spacecraft on the moon's surface without continually blowing dust and debris on sensitive equipment needed for continued operations. NASA has announced that it, along with a team of students from various colleges and universities across the country, has tested a 3D printed launch and landing pad.

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