NASA announces uncrewed lunar mission in 2022

18:17, 23 October 2021
NASA announces uncrewed lunar mission in 2022

NASA announced the launch of test mission Artemis 1 to the Moon on February 12, 2022. 

It’s been reported that the mission has been delayed due to the pandemic and Hurricane Ida. Artemis 1 initially was scheduled to lift off in November 2021.

Within the mission Artemis 1 the uncrewed spaceship Orion will be headed to the Moon orbit and it will have to spend several weeks in the orbit. Afterward, Orion will return to Earth and land in the Pacific Ocean.  

The main aim of the project is to test the opportunity for humans’ return to the Moon's surface after 55 years of the last crew lunar mission. NASA plans to build a circumlunar station and start to prepare conditions for possible colonization in 2024.

"With stacking and integration of NASA's Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft complete, we're getting closer and closer to embarking on a new era of human deep space exploration," said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson in a statement.

An American space vehicle Lucy took off on October 16 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to research the origin of the solar system, the Jupiter planet, and so-called Trojan asteroids.