Crew announced for upcoming Artemis II lunar mission
More than five decades since astronauts last set foot on the moon in 1972 Apollo 17 Mission, three Americans and one Canadian were announced as the crew of four who will fly near the moon on the upcoming Artemis II mission – although the crew will not land on the lunar surface, the mission will pave the way for an eventual lunar landing.
The crew will include NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman, Victor Glover and Christina Hammock Koch, and Canadian Space Agency’s Jeremy Hansen – Wiseman will serve as commander, Glover as pilot, and Koch and Hansen as mission specialists.
All three Americans have previously flown into space as astronauts, but Canadian Hansen has not.
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“The approximately 10-day Artemis II flight test will launch on the agency’s powerful Space Launch System rocket, proving the Orion spacecraft’s life support systems and validating the skills and techniques humans need to live and work in space.” , it says a nasa press release. “The flight, which is designed to build on the successful Artemis I unmanned mission, which concluded in December, will set the stage for the first woman and first black person on the moon through the Artemis program, and pave the way for a long-term… human exploration pave missions to the moon and eventually to Mars. This is the agency’s moon-to-mars exploration approach.
The mission should therefore start from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida NASA.
“Orion’s European-built service module will give the spacecraft the boost it needs to break out of Earth orbit and head for the moon. This translunar injection burn will take the astronauts on a journey of about four days, taking them around on the far side of the moon, where they will eventually create a figure eight that stretches more than 230,000 miles from Earth. At their maximum range, the crew will fly approximately 6,400 miles past the Moon,” notes NASA. “Rather than requiring propulsion on the return, this fuel-efficient trajectory takes advantage of the Earth-Moon gravity field and ensures that after its journey around the far side of the Moon, Orion is naturally pulled back by Earth’s gravity for free return flight of the.” Mission.”
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