National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is set to create history once more on Monday when it launches the Artemis 1 mission to the Moon. On August 29, the mission is scheduled to take off during a launch window that begins at 6:03 PM IST. Interested readers can catch the launch livestream on NASA’s official YouTube channel, NASA app, and on NASA Television. Alternatively, interested readers can watch the launch live from the video embedded below this paragraph. The launch will take place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre.
What is the Nasa Artemis mission?
NASA said: “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. “The primary goals for Artemis I are to demonstrate Orion’s systems in a spaceflight environment and ensure a safe re-entry, descent, splashdown, and recovery prior to the first flight with crew on Artemis II.” The agency explained says it wants to be able to spend more time on the moon and learn how to live in space. Through this, it hopes to develop a blueprint to explore the solar system.
The next step would be a destination like Mars – which Nasa says is “another goal”.
Mission to carry snoopy, Artemis figurine & tree seeds
Notably, no crew will be aboard Artemis’ maiden voyage on NASA’s massive Space Launch System rocket to alert mission control when the spacecraft has attained weightlessness. Instead, a snoopy figurine will be placed inside the cabin by the US Space agency as a visual zero-gravity signal.
A little statue of the Greek goddess ‘Artemis’ has been donated by the European Space Agency. Artemis was the hunt goddess and Apollo’s twin in Greek mythology. The spacecraft will carry a 3D-printed replica that will eventually be on exhibit in Greece’s Acropolis Museum. Bags of tree seeds have been included in the package by NASA, Boeing, and the Israeli Space Agency. After the voyage, the seeds will be given to professors and schools for educational purposes. According to NASA, seeds were included in the Apollo 14 mission to better study how plants respond to life in space.