Weekly Update - 09.14.22
Did you know that it was on September 14, 1959 that the first man-made object reached the moon’s surface? This was just two years (1957) after Russia managed to launch Sputnik into orbit around the earth, which quickly followed by the United States’ satellite, Explorer; and the race to the moon was taking off. – I couldn’t resist phrasing it that way.
It had taken Russia four tries to get their probe on the lunar surface, but the success would spur the space program on. In fact, in the 1960 presidential race, Kennedy would make the race to space one of his main campaign themes; after being elected he vowed that the United States would land a man on the moon by the end of the decade. And, on July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon while Michael Collins orbited the moon.
Now, 53 years later, we’re going back to the moon. NASA plans to launch Artemis I, an unmanned flight test of the Space Launch System and the Orion spacecraft that will be the first of multiple missions that will enable continued exploration to the Moon and Mars. The next launch window for Artemis I is September 19, 2022, barring any unforeseen delays. In addition to expanding our exploration of the Moon and beyond, the Artemis missions will see the first woman and first person of color on the Moon. A giant leap for mankind, indeed.
If you’d like to read more about the Artemis missions, and the pending launch of Artemis I, check out NASAs website and social media. Here is a link to their information page on the Artemis missions: https://www.nasa.gov/specials/artemis/ -- and you can find them on social media by searching “NASA” or “nasaartemis”. Happy exploration!