NASA's Orion Spacecraft: Where to?

Pablo Tucker
July 27, 2019

For the Artemis mission to the Moon, NASA astronauts will need to have the flexibility to bend down, examine rocks and acquire samples - multi functional-sixth the gravity on Earth. When the two modules are joined, a heatshield backshell panel on the spacecraft will be installed to prepare it for a September flight inside ESA's Super Guppy aircraft to NASA's Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio.

Aerospace company Lockheed Martin has finished building the Orion capsule that will fly on the uncrewed Artemis 1 test mission around the moon next summer, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced Saturday (July 20) - the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing.

"Orion is a new class of spaceship, uniquely designed for long-duration deep space flight, that will return astronauts to the Moon and eventually take the first humans to Mars, and bring them all back safely." said Lisa Callahan, vice president and general manager of Commercial Civil Space at Lockheed Martin.

With Moon missions fascinating humanity again, the Time covered its new issue with those rushing to the Earth's satellite.

The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing is kind of a big deal. And NASA and the European Space Agency consider it can be assembled within the next decade.

The Lockheed Martin-built Orion crew module, with its base heat shield and thermal safety tiles, is now sitting on top of the moon ship's service module manufactured in Europe by Airbus Defense and Space. Photo: Twitter "Through the Artemis programme, we will see the first woman and the next man walk on the surface of the Moon".

This orbit will assist astronauts in making round journeys to and from the Moon every seven days - when the station is closest to the moon, only 1,860 miles (2,993km) distant via a lunar lander. The crew module is created to carry four astronauts beyond Earth orbit.

Groups working on the Kennedy Space Center in Florida last week linked a USA -built Orion crew module with its European-made power and propulsion ingredient for the first time, a significant accomplishment forward of the spacecraft's shipment to OH this fall for testing inside the world's largest vacuum chamber. Working with United States companies and global partners, the agency is undertaking design work on the systems needed to deliver crews to the Moon and sustain them, to integrate the infrastructure needed to conduct investigations that will reveal new scientific knowledge, spur economic opportunities and prepare for future missions to Mars.

The capsule and its service module were stacked together earlier in the week at Kennedy.

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