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NASA's Artemis lunar program: a crazy ambition but big unknowns

2024-02-23T01:11:45.460Z

Highlights: NASA's Artemis lunar program: a crazy ambition but big unknowns. Even pushed back to 2026, the space agency's new objective to set foot on the Moon seems optimistic, given the level of development of habitable moon landings. The Apollo program was wildly ambitious, but the strategy had the merit of being clear. NASA has developed a powerful rocket, called SLS, and a habitable capsule, Orion, capable of sending four astronauts to the Moon and bringing them back to Earth. This article is reserved for subscribers. You have 88% left to discover.


DECRYPTION - Even pushed back to 2026, the space agency's new objective to set foot on the Moon seems optimistic, given the level of development of habitable moon landings, entrusted to the private sector.


The Apollo program was wildly ambitious, but the strategy had the merit of being clear.

The mission architecture never changed and was entirely based on NASA know-how.

Each step was carefully described and the path was followed step by step, with the success that we know.

Fifty years later, the situation is more complex.

The new American lunar program, called Artemis, sometimes even leaves us a little perplexed.

Without even talking about the official long-term objective (which is to settle permanently on the Moon to prepare for the exploration of Mars...), the first stages of this long process still raise many questions, even though we are in 2024, the date initially targeted by Donald Trump in 2020 (in a rather unrealistic way, it must be said).

NASA has developed a powerful rocket, called SLS, and a habitable capsule, Orion, capable of sending four astronauts to the Moon and bringing them back to Earth...

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