The hot phase of preparations for NASA’s next moon landing is now beginning. Space Agency reports. The Artemis mission is designed to enable NASA to return to the Moon. The United States carried out the first successful landing on the Earth’s moon in 1969 with the Apollo 11 mission. At the end of 1972, the last mission to the moon was carried out in this way. Now one dares to make a fresh start. The task this time around is to create the infrastructure required for long-range missions, including a base camp on the moon.
The preparations are extensive and will take several months. In September, NASA released the first detailed images of the new SLS rocket. Now the tests follow. Among other things, the status of various systems and lines of communication between the spacecraft and ground control are checked.
Standard protocol testing started
This is followed by basic and augmentative level functional tests to ensure that all systems are working properly. As standard protocol, NASA will also run a simulation of the countdown sequence. Then the scenarios of emergency and aborted takeoff are practiced, in addition to the “rehearsal”, which is to fill the rockets with super-cold liquid fuel. This year’s NASA schedule states that, after a successful rehearsal, the actual start date for the Artemis I test mission will be announced. The start date is currently targeted for February 2022.