The Artemis Plan

What’s up everyone?

The Artemis Plan is NASA’s Lunar Exploration Program Overview, and it was written in September, 2020. The document itself is 74 pages. I wanted to read through the whole thing, but I was so busy today, and I ended up skimming through it.

That’s okay though. Here are some highlights.

  • Suppliers and small businesses across America have made contributions to ensure the success of The Artemis Program
  • You might not be aware, but for the last 20 years, humans have continuously lived and worked aboard the International Space Station 250 miles above Earth, preparing for the day we move farther into the solar system.
  • Humans will travel 250,000 miles to the Moon
  • It is 140 million miles to Mars from the Moon
  • The main goal here is for us to get to Mars. First the Moon, and then to Mars.
  • 2024 is not an arbitrary date. It is the most ambitious date possible, and our success at the Moon, and later, at Mars, will be grounded in our national goals and robust capabilities.
  • The sooner we get to the Moon, the sooner we get American astronauts to Mars.

7 Steps between 2021 and 2024

  • 2021- the first Commercial Lunar Payload Services delivery (CLPS); 16 instruments will be sent to the lunar service, which will pave the way for human explorers.
  • Viper; Golf- Cart-Sized rover will be the first to investigate lunar polar soil samples
  • CAPSTONE CubeSat; small satellite will be the first spacecraft to enter the lunar Near Rectilinear Halo Orbit-the future home of the Gateway
  • Artemis 1; un-crewed maiden flight
  • PPE & HALO Launch; Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) & Habitation And Logistics Outpost (HALO) makeup the first pieces of the Gateway. NASA and the European Space Agency will conduct early characterization of the deep space environment.
  • Artemis 2; 10-day crewed test flight. NASA astronauts will set the record for the farthest human travel from Earth. Validation of deep space communication and navigation systems.
  • 2024- Artemis 3; Orion and its crew will once again travel to the Moon boarding the Human Landing System (HLS) that will bring the first woman and next man to the lunar surface.

As you can imagine, there’s a ton of information in this document, but that’s pretty much how it’s going down over the next four years. It’s going to be awesome to see all this play out.

Alright people, have a wonderful night.

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