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NASA returns to the Moon with a lander in January

NASA returns to the Moon with a lander in January

Will we return to stepping on the lunar regolith? We look forward to the next phases of the Artemis program NASAwhich aims to Bring back humans moonas well as creating a base on its surface Shaheen mission 1 At the same time it is planning to land on our satellite A Unmanned spacecraft. The launch is scheduled to take place on December 24 and land on the moon on January 25, 2024. Here are the details of the mission.

Mission challenges

The lunar lander, measuring two and a half meters wide and just under two meters high, will be providedAmerican Astrobotic CompanyNASA’s commercial partner in the context of the program Commercial lunar payload services. “One of the big challenges we’re trying to do is trying to launch and land on the moon For a fraction of what it would cost otherwise“, He had announced John Thornton, CEO of Astrobotic, during a press conference at the company’s headquarters. He continued: “Only about half of the missions that have gone to the surface of the moon have been successful. So it is certain that Scary challenge. I would feel terrified and excited at the same time at every stage of the mission.

Objectives

The peregrine falcon has one Load capacity 90 kgIt will transport, among other things, the scientific equipment that NASA will need to study Characteristics of the lunar exospherethe Thermal properties And the amount hydrogen Found inside the lunar regolith. All this in preparation for the Artemis 2 mission scheduled for 2024, which will carry it Four astronautsThree men and a woman on the moon After more than 50 years Since the first time man stepped on its surface.

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As expected, the launch is scheduled to take place no later than December 24 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. After an initial phase of Earth’s orbit, Peregrine will make his way towards the Moon, where he will land in the so-called Sticky sinusitisOr viscosity bay.

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