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Artemis Takes Flight

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Humans have dreamed of space exploration for centuries. From early astronomers looking into the night sky, to the first men to set food on the Moon, space has intrigued humankind. Just this past week the next era of space exploration was propelled into motion. At 1:37 AM on Thursday, November 17, 2022 the Artemis program saw its first successful launch and space flight. The mission dubbed Artemis 1 is acknowledged by NASA as being a massive accomplishment. In fact,  the space community as a whole acknowledges that this is the platform that is viewed as the possible vehicle that will take humans all the way to Mars within the next decade. 

The Artemis program is also set to bring humans back to the Moon for the first time since our last visit on December 19, 1972. NASA aims to break barriers, not only for how far we can travel into space but also for who can travel into space. On the  NASA website, they state, “With the Artemis missions, NASA will land the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon and establish long-term exploration in preparation for missions to Mars. SLS and NASA’s Orion spacecraft, along with the commercial human landing system and the Gateway in orbit around the Moon, are NASA’s backbone for deep space exploration. SLS is the only rocket that can send Orion, astronauts, and supplies to the Moon in a single mission.”

The next launch will first see the successful completion of the building of the Artemis 2 rocket. Currently, the launch is set to take place in May of 2024, following the completion of the rocket. The launches are spaced apart this way due to the build process being an incredibly long and detailed process.
For more information on the Artemis program, you can visit NASA’s website at nasa.gov

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