The Artemis programme
Moon has been a subject of exploration since the time of development of space technology. Space is full of curiosity and it always comes up with surprising celestial objects. NASA is one of the oldest organizations for space research. New activities in space always keep the Astronomers glued to finding new details and ensuring they do exist.
NASA’s Artemis mission is touted as the next generation of lunar exploration and is named after the twin sister of Apollo from Greek mythology. Artemis is also the goddess of the moon. Artemis I is the first of NASA’s deep space exploration systems. It is an unscrewed space mission where the spacecraft will launch on SLS — the most powerful rocket in the world — and travel 2,80,000 miles from the earth for over four to six weeks during the course of the mission. The Orion spacecraft is going to remain in space without docking to a space station, longer than any ship for astronauts has ever done before.
NASA will be a gateway in the lunar orbit to aid exploration by robots and astronauts. It is touted as a critical component of NASA’s sustainable lunar operations and will serve as a multipurpose outpost orbiting the moon. The learnings from the Artemis program will be utilised to send the first astronauts to Mars.
By Gajera International School, Utran