Space enthusiasts on Artemis: ‘Ideal for humanity’

PORTAGE, Mich. (WOOD) — With the first launch of the Artemis missions scheduled for Saturday, many people in western Michigan are excited about the program that aims to eventually return astronauts to the moon.

The inaugural mission is designed to circumnavigate the moon without a crew.

Space enthusiasts like Dave Bradley and his brother Robert Bradley, who visited the Air Zoo Aerospace and Science Museum in Portage on Friday, said they were excited about what the launch would mean for the future of exploration. spatial.

“Seeing the back emphasis is a good thing,” Dave Bradley said. “The gears are just beginning to turn and we are finally looking up at the stars again.”

The launch was originally scheduled for Monday but was postponed after the discovery of a problem with an engine. The brothers were optimistic that Saturday’s launch would be a success.

“For our country and the world to go back to the moon, I think it’s just great for humanity,” said Robert Bradley.

NASA's Artemis I rocket sits on launch pad 39-B at the Kennedy Space Center September 2, 2022 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.  The Artemis I first tried was cleaned up after a problem was found with one of the rocket's four engines.  The next launch attempt will be on September 3.  (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
NASA’s Artemis I rocket sits on launch pad 39-B at the Kennedy Space Center September 2, 2022 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

One of the space fans glued to TV will be Troy Thrash, the president and CEO of Air Zoo. He’s an astrophysicist who worked for NASA and said Artemis was a major step in the future of space exploration.

“We’re reigniting our passion, our desire for space exploration to go beyond Earth orbit to go to the moon, and then ultimately define that as a step to get humans to Mars,” Thrash said.

West Michigan knows the sacrifice of astronauts who lost their lives to understand space. Roger B. Chaffee died in the Apollo 1 mission. A tribute remains on display in his hometown at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

The Artemis I mission will launch the Orion spacecraft, which will travel 1.3 million kilometers around the moon with a total mission duration of approximately 38 days.

“It’s the most powerful rocket. When you think of the Apollo missions and the Saturn V, it took about 7.6 million pounds of thrust just to lift off the surface of the Earth,” Thrash said. of space launch (from Artemis), we’re talking about 8.8 million pounds of thrust. Wow, what an amazing machine.

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