A infografia interactiva mostra como o programa Artemis pretende voltar a colocar seres humanos na Lua, desta vez usando uma plataforma orbital chamada Gateway, que poderá um dia enviar homens a Marte.


A ambiciosa missão Artemis da NASA para a Lua

July 18, 2019 - Meio século depois de a NASA colocar homens na Lua com o projeto "Apolo," a agência espacial trabalha agora para levar homens e mulheres à Lua no âmbito do seu ambicioso programa "Artemis".

On December 11, 2017, U.S. President Trump issued Space Policy Directive-1, which tasked NASA to create a programme of exploration that could send astronauts back to the Moon.

This was followed up in March, 2019, with the President directing NASA to land the first astronauts since the Apollo era on the lunar South Pole by 2024.

The subsequent project is named “Artemis”, after the twin sister of Apollo and goddess of the Moon in Greek mythology. It utilises a lunar orbital platform dubbed the “Gateway”, which will house four astronauts and allow for landing vehicles to be assembled in space, before being sent to the lunar surface.

The first element of Gateway is due to be launched in 2022, with the ultimate goal of establishing a sustainable human presence on the Moon by 2028.

It is hoped that the lessons learned and technologies developed for the new Moon missions will allow astronauts to venture further, to Mars and beyond.

PUBLISHED: 17/07/2019; STORY: Graphic News
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