The foundation for human deep space exploration – Artemis 1 Set to Go.

Matthew C. Woodruff

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Artemis 1(NASA - Photo)

Going where no one has gone before – eventually. First NASA has to get the Orion spacecraft, named Artemis 1, off the ground. The unmanned Orion will launch atop the most powerful rocket in the world and fly farther than any spacecraft built for humans has ever flown. After several technical and weather related delays, Artemis 1 is scheduled once again to depart Kennedy Space Center on 11/23/2022 about 1:00 am. Artemis 1 will spend almost 38 days in space and travel about 1.3 million miles on its trip around the moon.

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Artemis 1 Trip Map(NASA - Photo)

Artemis 1 is comprised of two main components, the Orion spacecraft, and the Space Launch System.

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Artemis 1(NASA - Photo)

The Orion spacecraft is specifically designed to carry astronauts to deep space and is currently the only spacecraft capable of crewed deep space flight and high-speed return from the vicinity of the Moon. Orion is composed of three main elements and supporting subsystems. The main elements are 1) the crew module, where astronauts live and work; 2) the service module, provided by ESA, which will provide power, propulsion, and thermal control; and 3) the launch abort system, which can pull the spacecraft and crew to safety in the event of an emergency during launch or ascent to orbit.

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) is the world’s most powerful rocket that provides the foundation for human exploration beyond Earth’s orbit and is currently the only rocket that can safely send Orion directly to the Moon. The main elements are 1) a central core stage that houses propellant tanks, engines, and avionics; 2) four liquid propellant RS-25 engines powered by cryogenic, or supercold, liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen; 3) two solid-fuel rocket boosters that provide the majority of thrust and steering for the rocket during the first two minutes of flight; and 4) an upper stage fueled by liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen for in-space propulsion after separation from the core stage.

SLS is designed specifically for deep space missions with humans and will send the Orion spacecraft to the Moon, which is nearly 1,000 times farther than where the International Space Station resides in low-Earth orbit. The rocket will provide the power to help Orion reach a speed of 22,600 mph, to escape the pull of Earth’s gravity and send the spacecraft to the Moon.

According to NASA, Artemis I will be the first in a series of increasingly complex missions to build a long-term human presence at the Moon for decades to come.

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Matthew is a free-lance journalist, and an internationally award-winning author best known for Dark Humor/Lite Horror/Supernatural short stories, as well as an ordained minister who served as a domestic missionary. He is a lover of the unusual, travel, cats and the spark that makes people tick. Matthew is based in Florida, USA.

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