- NASA’s Artemis III mission is preparing for the first manned Moon landing since 1972.
- The mission focuses on technological details, including a special elevator that will be used to land on the Moon.
- Artemis III astronauts will travel to the Moon using Starship HLS and Orion spacecraft.
NASA has completed an important step before the long-awaited Artemis III mission. In line with the program schedule, the mission is planned to take place in 2025. However, there is still work to be done to achieve this goal.
Artemis III astronauts will transition to SpaceX’s Starship HLS lander before traveling to the Moon aboard NASA’s Orion spacecraft. Starship HLS will then carry the astronauts to the Moon’s surface. After landing, a special elevator will take the crew down to the lunar surface.
In preparation for this lunar landing, NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Doug Wheelock tested a mock-up of an elevator concept that included a full-scale basket section. This exercise allowed them to evaluate the functionality of the elevator system and the movement restrictions the astronauts would experience with their spacesuits.
“We received valuable feedback on issues such as the crew’s elevator controls, procedures for entering and exiting the elevator basket, the space allocated for cargo, and the mobility of the basket,” NASA said in a statement. statements were included.
Ahead of Artemis III, four astronauts will conduct a flight to the Moon in the first crewed test of the Orion spacecraft, in a mission expected to take place in November 2024. Training for this journey has already started.
Compiled by: Ayça Ayaz