“And soon, we are returning to the moon as Artemis. We’re going to learn to live in a harsh environment, and then it’s going to be Mars in the late 2030s,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said in March of this year.
“Soon” is fast approaching as Artemis 1 is set to take off Monday morning. The 25.5-day mission will lay the groundwork for deep space exploration as scientists discover travel to the moon and then ultimately Mars.
“It will carry this Orion spacecraft and this upcoming flight, if all goes well, will have no one on board but lots of instruments to see what the ride is like and then if all goes well, the next Artemis flight will have humans on board,” said Steve Fentress, director of the Strasenburgh Planetarium.
Artemis 1 is a new heavy lift rocket used with as many space shuttle parts as possible, and with advances in technology there are many more ways to watch and learn.
Steve said: “There are so many more ways to be there now. There are so many more cameras, there are so many more channels. You can watch major networks, you can watch your favorite YouTuber. There will be cameras all over this rocket, all over the launch pad. We have all these different companies like SpaceX, Rocket Lab, and Virgin Orbit also flying in space with fantastic views. There are so many ways to participate now that weren’t there decades ago.
Artemis 2 will follow if all goes well and prove that the Orion spacecraft can provide critical life systems for deep space travel. The Strasenburgh Planetarium will offer you a chance to see the launch of Artemis 1 on Monday morning. For more information on the Strasenburgh Planetarium Artemis 1 click to view here.