The Orion spacecraft is back on Earth, what’s the next step for the Artemis mission?

The Orion spacecraft landed on December 11 in the waters of the Pacific Ocean off Baja California (Mexico). The capsule was collected by a recovery team Check its performance and confirm that it is safe In addition, it marked the end of the first mission of the Artemis program for future manned trips to the Moon.

Sarah D’Souza (deputy systems manager at NASA Ames Research Center) tells The Wired earlier They will check if the heat shield did its job Meanwhile, by rejecting heat, they’ll take care of the cabin’s internal pressure to remain at the 70-degree level.

In the post-landing press conference, Bill Nelson (head of NASA) confirmed that “this time we return to the Moon to learn to live, work, invent, create, and discover more than we leave the universe.” have arrived. have to prepare for the plan Going to Mars with humans in the late 2030sAnd then beyond that.”

In the coming months, the Artemis team study the collected data communication systems and several space radiation sensors that were attached to the three dummies aboard Orion. In addition, such information Will help NASA team prepare Artemis IIKeep the capsule habitable for the crew and guarantee communication between the ship and engineers on the ground.

Second trip to the Moon is scheduled for 2024 And astronauts will fly around the satellite in a second version of Orion to find potential landing sites on a third mission. On the other hand, NASA along with its international and commercial partners is working on the said ship, the rocket space launch system (SLS), the boosters that will launch it, and the European Service Module that powers and cools it.

The pictures were taken on the sixth day of the mission.

Despite launch delays due to persistent hydrogen leaks and the unfortunate arrival of a storm, the massive SLS rocket successfully took off on November 16, but unfortunately, some internal missions failed,

The ‘Cubesat’ to study solar particles had an inexplicable battery discrepancy and the research team lost contact with it, the Japanese lunar lander OMOTENASHI did not reach the moon, and NASA also lost contact with the NEA scout and mapper infrared moon called ‘LunIR’ have lost. ,

Leaving aside these inconveniences, now, Artemis program works on second mission to be in charge of taking down Artemis III Astronaut Luna said, The latter target will deliver and assemble modules for the Gateway space station orbiting the satellite, which may also serve as a way station and testing ground for future missions to Mars.

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