NASA unexpectedly postponed the launch of the Artemis 1 lunar conquest spacecraft
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The launch marks the first mission (Artemis-1) in nasa’s Artemis program to return humans to the Moon after nearly 5 decades.
Artemis II, scheduled to be launched in 2024, the astronauts will follow a path similar to Artemis I – circling the moon at a wider distance than any Apollo mission.
The Artemis III mission, scheduled for late 2025, is expected to take the first woman to the moon’s south pole, where permanently obscured regions can hold ice and other resources that could feed astronauts on long journeys.
Lessons learned from Artemis I will be collected when it lands on October 10, which could inform the next steps of the Artemis program.
Currently, the first 5 Artemis missions are already planned, and NASA is working to come up with details for missions 6 to 10, Free said.
The goal of sending humans to Mars by 2033 was set by the Obama administration, and NASA administrators have kept this goal the same ever since.