NASA’s successful Artemis 1 launch brings humanity one step closer to returning to the Moon

NASA’s Artemis 1 mission was finally able to lift off. An important success for the return of Man to the Moon.

The mission Artemis 1 from NASA has finally able to take off after several postponements due to engine problems, fuel leaks or the whims of Mother Nature, leaving the US space agency no choice but to postpone. This is the first time that the Space Launch System (SLS), NASA’s most powerful rocket today, and the Orion spacecraft have flown together: it also officially marks the start of the agency’s Artemis program, program which must allow the return of Man to the surface of the Moon.

NASA’s Artemis 1 mission finally got off the ground

There was a very tense moment before this successful launch attempt, The NASA wasn’t sure the rocket would take off. The team had indeed discovered a leak in the liquid hydrogen replenishment valve, it took some time to tighten it all up. In addition, the US Space Force had to repair the radar responsible for tracking the launch of the rocket because it was disconnected. Eventually, the ground crew was able to repair the hydrogen leak, and the Space Force found the problem with the radar, a faulty Ethernet switch.

NASA had to push back the liftoff of Artemis 1 by about an hour, but that was the latest delay. The SLS rocket was able to take off. The Orion capsule successfully deployed its solar panels a few minutes later and thefeed of engines was cut for separation and so that they could fall back into the Atlantic Ocean. The rocket’s second stage ignited its engine to send Orion on its way to the moon. This in turn separated, leaving the spacecraft to begin its four-week journey around the Moon, before returning to Earth. During its journey, the capsule will deploy 10 CubeSats designed to conduct various analyzes that will aid future deep space missions.

An important achievement for the return of Man to the Moon

Artemis 1 is to provide NASA with the data necessary for the agency to provide astronauts with a safe trip to the Moon aboard the Orion capsule. The program will also give the agency the opportunity to see if the spacecraft’s heat shield can sufficiently protect the astronauts on board when they re-enter the atmosphere and splash down in the Pacific Ocean. If all goes well, NASA will be able to prepare Artemis 2, Orion’s first manned mission that will send astronauts orbiting the Moon.

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