La Nasa prévoit un nouveau décollage vers la Lune le 29 août

NASA is planning another launch to the Moon on August 29

News hardware NASA is planning another launch to the Moon on August 29

50 years after the last steps of Man on the Moon, NASA announces the Artemis 1 mission, and its plans for a new moon landing. Take-off scheduled for August 29.

Artemis 1: a round trip test between Earth and the Moon

According to AFP, the Artemis mission 1 constitutes the first stage of an American program to return to the Moon. This one should fly away on August 29, 2022, from Cape Canaveral, Florida. In the event of an unforeseen event, the takeoff attempt could be postponed to September 2 or 5, 2022. This NASA announcement was made yesterday, July 20, 53 years after the Apollo 11 moon landing and the first steps of the Man on the Moon.

Artemis 1 will have no passengers (or even a swimming robot), and will not land on the Moon. For the moment, this mission, with an estimated duration of between 39 and 42 days, has the sole purpose of test NASA’s new rocket, SLS, and its Orion capsule. The latter, once SLS has propelled it a sufficient distance, will place itself in orbit of the Moon, and then begin its return to Earth.

Artemis 2 and 3: towards new steps of Man on the Moon

If this is the first flight of the SLS rocket, the Orion capsule has already been tested in 2014, with the Delta IV rocket. Orion had then circled the Earth twice, before returning to the Earth’s atmosphere. The Artemis 1 mission will make it possible to estimate its ability to return from further away, and without incidentin much more dangerous conditions.

If the test proves conclusive, it will be followed by two other missionsas announced by NASA. Artemis 2 could take off in 2024, this time with astronauts on board of the Orion capsule. The latter would simply go around the Moon, but would not land there yet. Artemis 3, meanwhile, would take off in 2025 at the earliest, still with a crew inside Orion, and this time it would end up on the moon landing.. For now, the last exploration of the Moon by humans dates back to the Apollo 17 mission in 1972.

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