After the initial success of the first Artemis mission, NASA is moving forward with its ambitious plan to return humans to the lunar surface. The next step in this exciting adventure is to send a manned spacecraft into orbit around the Moon, and we are already seeing one of the most important missions take shape.
The astronauts scheduled for the Artemis II mission, including Christina Koch, Victor Glover, Reid Wiseman and Jeremy Hansen, are scheduled to embark on this exciting journey in November 2024, barring any unforeseen setbacks.
Although the mission still requires extensive preparations, the first tests are going well, according to the report published by Urban Tecno.
The details of the first test
On September 20, the astronauts departed the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building toward Launch Complex 39B at the Kennedy Space Center. From there, the four protagonists of the mission will board the Orion spacecraft on launch day.
However, during this first test, neither the ship nor the SLS rocket were in the place they will be in just over a year.
In the image shown, we can see the four members of the Artemis II mission crew in the complex itself. As can be seen in the images, in the last few hours the astronauts have been testing their spacesuits, exploring Launch Complex 39B and experimenting with the mobile platform that took them to the so-called “white room,” which serves as a prelude to accessing the interior of the Orion ship.
Although there are still many months of testing ahead of us, it is clear that the four astronauts will face a number of exciting challenges with the impending launch of the Artemis II mission. Their goal is to confirm that the imminent arrival of the first woman and the first person of color on the moon is an event that we will experience in the near future.