Artemis I: UK readies for new space age as NASA mission rolls out to launch pad | Science | News

Artemis I: UK readies for new space age as NASA mission rolls out to launch pad | Science | News

Artemis I is to be the first launch of NASA’s long-delayed, 322-feet-tall SLS rocket — as well as the first in an increasingly complex series of missions aiming to return humans to the Moon for the first time since 1972’s Apollo 17. The launch, which will take place no earlier than August 29, will transport an uncrewed Orion capsule into space for a 20–25 day journey looping repeatedly around the Moon. The craft — bearing three radiation-measuring “phantoms”, including two female torsos and one life-size male manikin — will pass as close to the lunar surface as 62 miles, but also journey out some 40,000 miles beyond the Moon before it returns to Earth to splash down in the Pacific Ocean near California. A key goal of the test flight, in fact, will be to test that the…

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