In a recent development, NASA confirmed that the launch of the first Artemis mission is postponed to the last leg of 2021. NASA is working on the Artemis mission since December 2017. The space agency set a goal to send a man and the fir-ever woman into the lunar surface by 2024. The mission will mark the first crewed moon exploration of NASA since the Apollo Program.
The Development of the Key Components for the Upcoming Mission
NASA is developing both a Space Launch System and the Orion Spacecraft for the highly anticipated moon mission. Initially, NASA was planning for its first uncrewed mission flight by the end of this year. But, the recent statement suggests that the launch will take place by the mid or late 2021, according to the new schedule.
People all around the world are looking forward to the Artemis mission, as this will be the first lunar crewed launch by NASA in the last three decades.
A senior administrator of the American Space Agency gave some insight into the current status of the Artemis mission. He claimed that the elements required for the upcoming crewed mission are in their final stage of development. The Orion spacecraft is currently going through the last stage of vacuum chamber testing at the Plum Brook Station. Besides, the Space Launch System will soon go through a static-fire test at Stennis Space Center. The static-fire test scheduled in the later part of 2020.
After completion of the remaining tests, scientists will start integrating the SLS core stage with the Orion spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA is taking the help of a number of private entities to accomplish the mission. The recent delay is raising questions over the implementation of the original schedule.