Dawn of a New Era Of Spaceflight: Artemis I Paves the Way For Humanity’s Reach to the Moon and Beyond
NASA is about to launch a new chapter of space exploration. In less than two weeks, NASA will launch its Mega Moon rocket, the Space Launch System, carrying the Orion spacecraft for the first time as the first step as part of NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration efforts. The uncrewed test flight will mark the first time since the last Apollo mission that a spacecraft designed for crew has made a flight around the Moon, and will set the stage for the first woman and first person of color to set foot on the Moon.
Artemis I, targeted to launch as soon as Aug. 29 at 8:33 a.m. EDT, will send the Orion spacecraft 40,000 miles beyond the Moon. At that distance, Orion will break Apollo 13’s record for furthest from Earth any spacecraft designed for humans has gone.
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Suggested Anchor Intro: Next week, NASA is launching a new chapter in space exploration with the Artemis I mission. This mission is the first phase of a new era for NASA called Artemis which will pave the way for humans to go to the Moon and eventually Mars. Here to talk about this historic mission is NASA expert XX.
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On Monday Aug 29, NASA’s leadership, including NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate Kathy Lueders, astronaut Megan MacArthur, and the Office of Stem Engagement’s Associate Administrator Mike Kincaid, got the chance to interact with 5-8th grade students at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The students, all connected to local Boys and Girls Clubs in the surrounding area, were taught STEM concepts and asked questions about the Moon rocket’s launch.